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The Day Job – Be great

It’s not enough to be told to not quit your day job. Even if it’s cliché, it still stings and is too passive to make you successful at anything.

The best answer I’ve found after a lot of struggle to find balance between today and tomorrow is this: Be great at your day job. It’s paying your bills and feeding your family, and you’ll likely be doing it longer than you think. It deserves your respect and more energy than you might be putting into it.

I know what it’s like to be certain that there’s something better out there, but nothing is more important than the job you have right in front of you. Success in your day job will help you be successful when it’s time to do whatever comes next.

Success is a learned skill set, so learn how to communicate better in your organization. Interact with your peers, set goals, listen to your leadership, and through that you’ll learn the traits and habits that can make you effective in everything you do.

Don’t ignore your chance to be great at what you’re doing right now.

It’s not an either/or relationship between your day job and your dreams for later. You can be successful in both, but your day job deserves to come first as long as it’s paying for your time. I lost sight of this a long time ago and almost lost a good career that I have come to love once I committed to being better at it. I’m still working towards great.

Commit to be great at your day job, and great things will start happening.

For those who have already committed, when did you know it was time to?

What has changed since you did?

For those who haven’t yet, what are you waiting for?

This post was originally on my site for the writers out there, but it applies to everyone. This is likely the first piece I wrote on this topic and it’s the origin of the series name, so I wanted to share before it fell by the wayside.

Thanks for reading.

– JT

My good thing for today: Perfect weather for the crew to take half a day off for softball.

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Tags: motivation, lifelessons, leadership, business, success

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2 Responses

  1. Eric says:

    Great Post! I committed to being great when I finally started doing something I love. Mentally I was not into being a Gunners Mate, which I first came in the Navy to do. My heart was in the medical field. Though I worked pretty hard at my job as a GM for 5 years I know I never really gave it 100% because I truly wanted to do something else. Over the course of the next 3 years I worked tirelessly to make myself competitive to be selected into the Navy’s medical field as an HM. Once I caught a break and cross rated to HM I shot up the ranks until I reached the top of the food chain. I have loved my Day Job ever since and to this day I continue to work towards being great each and every day. It’s easy to commit to being great when you live by the old saying, find something you love doing and you’ll never work a day in your life.

  2. theval2000 says:

    you are correct that your Day Job deserves your energy (and attention). NO slacking off or “this is good enough” NIKE! (just do it) a positive attitude will drive your energy and attention :)


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