Work Ethic

work ethicThe secret to success.  The top 5, 10, 20, n habits of a successful person.  What successful people do (fill in the blank).  The list goes on and on… let’s try something more direct and use something that has stood the test of time.

A good work ethic!

Yes, that’s it.  A good work ethic.  One might say, ok… so now what?  And that is the problem today.  It’s not a core part of who we are.  When I grew up, and I dare say most of my generation,  had this very basic statement grilled into us.  (For the record, I am technically the “last” of the baby boomer generation by a few months.)  Sure, there were more saying to guide us …

  • Mind the golden rule
  • If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all
  • Pick yourself up by the bootstraps
  • K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple stupid)
  • Karma

But your work ethic was the cornerstone of your shop.

Ok, so these points are interesting but not steps to a “Good work ethic”,  And that is rather the point.  Today we expect a use case to explain the point of a good strategy.  A famous author to convey wisdom, or a HBR review to validate an idea.  Our workforce is data driven and outcome oriented, but hardly clear on a basic work ethic or even what to do with the content they so desperately want and need.   So what is a work ethic?

It’s getting up and doing the work before you every single day with gusto.  So as not to complicate the point.

Here are the steps to success:

  1. Determine where you are
  2. Determine where you want to be
  3. Make a plan
  4. Do it, don’t accept no or self excuses as an answer, and succeed

If you work for others follow these steps to success:

  1. Determine what they want of you
  2. Determine if you can do it
  3. Make a plan
  4. Do it, and don’t accept no as an answer unless it’s the boss requesting the change, and succeed**

** That does not mean be a pushover or slave to the whim of your superiors.  More so if they explicitly tell you not to be.  But you must have a get it done attitude in the framework of success for everyone.

Some readers might feel a bit lost for content at this point. The standard “saying and quotes” or “HBR input”.

Follow these links if you like:

Work ethic quotes

Debunking Millennial’s lax work ethic

But really.  Is that what I am talking about here?  No.  It’s a fundamental determination to get the work done.  Simple as that.

Please note, the definition of work ethic is as follows:  “The principle that hard work is intrinsically virtuous or worthy of reward.”

Key words:

Intrinsically and worthy of reward.

Take these words to heart when you wake to your alarm and decide to embark upon your day.  You will interact with others who depend on you, and influence those who you depend upon. Take your personal responsibility to task using your work ethic to achieve success.  It’s not that people don’t work hard today, we as work as hard as ever, in some ways harder.  Think of work ethic as your ethics of working and see how it holds up to your daily life.

Simple as that.  Go forward and prosper.



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