Work and Effort
Work and Effort have a unique relationship. All too often, it seems that workis going on without effort…
Since producing work without effort has become the norm, we have learned to expect that effort costs more. I wholeheartedly disagree. For me, effortisn’t “going above and beyond”, it’s simply doing the task that was agreed upon or expected of you — it’s not an extra fee, an add-on service, or what you get if you leave a large tip. Effort simply means you give a shit; about yourself, about your service, and about your legacy. The most important factor in work isn’t what you’re actually doing, the payment you’re receiving, or the difficulty of your day. What matters most is your environment.
After high school and through college, among other projects, I worked at a dead-end job as a clerk — specifically closing shifts after school at a fast food restaurant. I continued my employment at that facility for seven years… and the only positive experience to come out of each shift was the people I was working with. What forced us to keep things together under heavy sales, broken equipment, understaffed shifts, and long nights? Each Other. We each developed an effort, so that we could mutually accomplish our goals as a team.
You can laugh at the lengths businesses and corporations go through to provide regular team building activities — but they’re important. If you truly love your team members, work with people you like, and have the responsibility of controlling how much their day could suck… my bet is you’ll step up to the task.
Effort can affect work in another drastic way. Remember when I mentioned that effort shouldn’t be something provided only from a good tip? Customers and clients can tell when they hire someone who is having a good time working for them… and guess what, they like it. There isn’t a single enthusiastic repeat buyer, positive feedback post, high rating, social media plug, or recommendation of a service that wasn’t sparked by effort on behalf of the seller.
That Fuzzy Feeling. You know, that last aspect of the cycle that makes it work getting up the next day and continuing on living? Getting paid and being able to feed yourself is a great thing (it’s a really great thing, particularly if you know what it’s like to eat mustard sandwiches out of the fridge for dinner). What makes all the difference in your effort is being able to track your footprint. We’ve all seen The Matrix… we can pretty much unanimously agree that large nameless cubicle farms are meaningless, soul eating, and horrible — that’s why we all watched a movie about the Red Pill. When you can visibly see your impact left on the world, left on your clients… you’ll feel worth in your day’s work.
Effort leads to happy clients. Great service leads to phenomenal client feedback. Positive feedback leaves you warm and fuzzy. Happy clients return and bring friends — you exponentially increase your growth while working in a positive environment.
The only requirement is that you find something in your day to be proud of.Effort can exist in Work, but needs sought. Go on and find it!