How much do you love your work? This simple question can tell you.
Imagine an important person–a client, a potential hire, an investor, someone you wanted to impress — is coming to the office. You discover the bathroom needs cleaning, and there’s no time to call someone else to clean it.When you feel that sense of ownership, when something has to be done and no one else will do it, you do it.When there’s no alternative, would you tackle the toilet and clean the bathroom?
What it takes to succeed
Because paying attention to details and having passion for the entire mission is what it takes to succeed.
Because when the meaning of your work is your vision, everything you do is a part of realizing that vision. If that means running across town at 2am because that’s the only place still open to drop off a proposal or make the copies you need, you do it.
The important part is the sense of ownership and vision.
Meaning and purpose
Does the work’s meaning and purpose come from inside or does the work require big external incentives?
What you’ll clean the bathroom for means a project and result you care about, even love. What you have to be paid a lot of money for or you won’t do it… how much can you love it?
Would you clean the bathroom for your work?
If not, and not that you’d enjoy it, but do you wish you loved your work so much that you would?
Leadership and instilling ownership
If you lead a team, can you give your teammates such a sense of ownership that they’d do what it took to get the job done?
If you weren’t a team leader, do you think if you had the skills to inspire that passion in your teammates that you’d become a leader?
With thanks to INC magazine, written by Joshua Spodek, author of ‘Leadership Step by Step’.