"By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day."
--- Robert Frost
Whether it is people occupying Wall Street or occupying a café, there is always some in the crowd that just can't understand how someone running a business can be so "lucky." They don't understand why this business owner gets all the breaks while they have to still show up for work each day. They don't understand the rationale behind the concept of the connection between working and eating, and there lies the problem: the just don't understand.
As business leaders though, we get it. We know that in order to make payroll, to pay the vendors, to roll out the product and to produce the service, we actually have to work. We must put in the hours that it takes, not for the sake of putting in hours, but for the sake of completing the work that needs to be done. If we could get it done in two hours and call it a day we would do it. Unfortunately, long hours of work are often the sacrifice we have to make in order to stretch our business to new successes.
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
--- Thomas A. Edison
The work that we do not only makes a difference in the accomplishments we have to make, but in the message that we communicate to our team members. Those watching us see the sacrifice we are making and they tend to mimic our work habits. If we show up to work on time or before everyone else, people notice. People also notice when we work through the normal lunch time or past the normal quitting time. Our actions create reaction in others.
"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary."
--- Vince Lombardi
This trickle down effect of our work ethic will eventually create positive results for all to see. Others will come to the realization that there is no magic formula other than: Hard Work + Smart Work + Consistency = Success. It is actually that simple. What screws things up are when employees begin believing that their presence is enough. They believe that simply showing up is worth a reward.
"Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all."
--- Sam Ewing
Begin next Monday communicating to all team members that hard work is a good thing. That hard work is what builds bridges, skyscrapers, armies, and countries. Let them know that hard work is appreciated and will be seen from this point forward as a sign of maturity, honor, and integrity. It will be revered as a badge of courage; as a value that is respected in your business.
"The harder I work, the luckier I get."
--- Samuel Goldwyn
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