I was recently given an award at my work place, The Market Head Award for Excellent Performance. I was not expecting this but was really glad that my efforts were noticed and acknowledged. Most of my colleagues congratulated me and were happy for me. Then one of them asked what i had specifically done to deserve the award. This was not in a bad way. It was someone who genuinely wanted to understand how they could also get the same recognition. This brings me to my topic for today, the importance of hard work and going the extra mile.
Many times we only get to know people during their moments of glory when they are being publicly rewarded . Even though we know hours of hard work were put in behind the scenes , we seem not to dwell much on that. Malcolm Gladwell in his book ‘Outliers ‘ talks of the 10 000 hour rule based on an experiment carried out in Berlin ‘s Academy of Music. It was discovered that even though the students had all started playing the violin at age 5, the students who ended up best in their classes where practicing for more hours. Infact by age 20, the elite world class performers had totalled 10000 hours of practice. The merely good students had totaled 8000 hours and those who eventually became music teachers had only 4000 hours. This is true for sports, for music and anything else in life that one would want to be a world class act in. You have to put in the hours.
Hard work sets you apart. Whatever effort you put in is what you will get out. I have learnt to maximize my time and I have two simple rules that guide me
1. I only open my emails at scheduled times.
2. I do not attend meetings that do not add value to what I do.
My ability to guard my time jealously ensures I am not distracted and I am therefore able to accomplish much. My encouragement is for you to work hard. If everyone else is working hard, then you have to work twice as hard. It’s the only way to set yourself apart.
Wishing you an October of hard and fruitful work!