There is an old saying, anything worth doing, is worth doing well. Your work is a manifestation of you. It speaks to your attention to detail, your level of creativity and your level of quality.
Taking pride in your work means to do your work not only with attention to detail but also with the goal of mastering it… striving to be the best at what you do.
There was a time when things were made to last (sometimes for several lifetimes), this was called superb craftsmanship. People believed that the better they were at their work the more they could charge for it. Needless to say this is no longer true. Products are made cheaply and designed to be replaced frequently. But as an upcoming entrepreneur, taking pride in your work is one surefire way to see your business soar.
How can you take pride in what you do? Remember…
- Your name is on it
Whatever you do, no matter how small it is, has your signature on it even if you do not actually sign it. Once the work passes through your hands – your name is on it. So unless you do not care about your reputation, and by extension your business, this is one great reason why you should take pride in your work.
- Build a reputation for good work
The more good work you do, the better your reputation will be. If you have an impeccable record of good work, who do you think will be favourably remembered if asked to refer someone?
- Each of us has a role and each role is important
No matter how small you think your role is in the grander scheme of things, find meaning in what you do. Imagine a washroom that stinks all day? Even a janitor has a great role in keeping the people who use a building comfortable.
- Know what you don’t know
To take pride in your work, you need to know what you do not know, then you can seek to improve. Someone who constantly takes steps to improve themselves is likely the person who succeeds at what they do.
- Know what you know
You carry some form of knowledge that only you have. You need to know that your experience and someone else’s experience is different. In that sense, what you bring to the table is also different. That is a unique selling point.
- Build trust
Build trust with people around you, not only your current clients. When people trust you they will not hesitate to give referrals. Trust yourself and the unique experiences you bring to your business. Trust that something special and be proud of it.
- Stay true
Be realistic and stay true to what can be completed and how you can complete it. Do your work with pride and let the extraneous factors sort itself out.
Once you start to take pride in your work, your environment will start to change – you will feel happier and even help create a positive space for your clients. Money should not be the determining factor as to why you work. Pride in one’s work is based on results first and profits second. Pride in ones work is the major factor in getting great results.
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