Perhaps I am one of the few… but.. I believe if we are going to do something at all. We should give it our all. Then some. If I am not above 100 percent.. I am disappointed. You should be too. Here’s why.
Do you ever wonder why companies set such high quotas, rates, and seemingly impossible expectations? You might be thinking.. So they can make more money.. Which I am sure is partially true. However, there’s a more important reason. That reason? Is you. Whether you realize it or not it makes you better then you would be otherwise. Amazon has a quote floating around that says, “Hire and develop the best” I bet you never thought for one second that those impossibly high rates, expectations, and challenges actually make you better.. I can prove it.
Are you mad because you cant see your pace or rate? Why? So you aren’t just making the bare minimums? Listen, If you spent half the time challenging yourself instead of looking at a screen to make sure you’re only working fast when your behind, and slowing down when you’re ahead.. You would be surprised to discover that the numbers will be higher than ever.
If there is one thing I have learned in the past year.. It’s that setting achievable goals are important. I also believe that you should surround yourself by people who challenge you.
My question to you is.. Are you gravitating towards those people that encourage you to slack off, piss and moan, and make excuses? Be careful! You might not be living up to your full potential. That may be ok for some of you, but I can assure you that it doesn’t fly with me.
I bet you a million dollars that if you’re posted up next to someone who inspires you, challenges you, and keeps you improving your speed, quality, and performance.. You will achieve much better results then being around someone who slows you down. Guess which one I’d pick. The answer may surprise you. I am ok with both sides of that fence. Here’s why.
There’s nothing like working near someone who motivates me to move faster, push harder, and be more accurate. Not only does it make time go by faster, but it pushes me to my limits. My advice is to do it unconditionally, and never hold grudges against anyone you feel isn’t as motivated, hard working, or skilled as you. I think that’s one of the biggest mistakes people make. Why? I think it leads to carelessness, and causes “justifiable laziness”. You actually convince yourself that because “That person isn’t up to speed, You shouldn’t be either” Ha.. Nonsense.
So how do you deal with it? Set the example, and if you pay close enough attention.. You will find that it will resonate with those around you.
In fact, It’s the key to driving a winning team. Go ahead. Try it out. Put one slacker, next to one hard worker in a pattern.. Congrats.. You’re whole team will suddenly start winning. Here’s a bonus.. Line up people who go fast, with work that can be done fast.. Now you’re pumping out more units.. If someone wants to work faster, and harder.. Let them.. Sounds simple right?
Funny how it used to make me mad.. Why? Well.. I was obviously doing more, working harder, and picking up the slack…Then I realized.. That’s not something to be mad about, or hold grudges about.. It’s something to be proud of.. Especially when you start noticing that people take notice, and suddenly feel the need to race with you. Often, they don’t even realize they are doing it. The magic just happens. So be that person to someone.. They probably need it.