You wake up at 6 am groggy and tired, but you pull yourself out of bed anyway and start making coffee. Your partner is awake and already angry. They feel like you never listen, and you continue the pattern. Grab some coffee and jump into the car to get to work.
BOOM. Flat tire. In the abrupt stop, burning coffee flies all over your shirt and lap. Swearing like a sailor, after half an hour you manage to get the spare on and get back into the car with greasy black hands and muddy knees. When you finally make it to work (late) your boss rips you a new one.
All in all, this is not your best day. Not even close. You’re mad, frustrated, and honestly feel like going back to your desk and crying. You walk into your office and wash the grease off or your hands, praying that you might get a moment to yourself. Of course, that doesn’t happen. A nurse wheels a little girl on a hospital bed into the operating room. You can see her dad staring at you from behind the glass. You’re the only one who can save her, and it’s go-time.
Would you give this little girl your 100% best? Or just take this operation off? The great surgeon puts aside their frustration to give each patient every ounce of effort. He clears his head and gives everything he can to save the girls life. How could he live with himself if he didn’t?
Treat your job/family/passion like the great surgeon treats every operation.
Whether it’s a dad that feels like he’s stretched to the max and wants to run from his family, or a blogger with writers-block ready to skip a deadline; hold yourself to giving 100% in every situation of in your life.
I am definitely one to cut corners. I try and take on so many jobs that I justify doing lesser work by the volume of that work. In the end, I just end up with piles of average work and nothing very impressive to show for myself.
As a videographer, I often end up wanting to show people my “best work”. While I can show them the sheer amount of videos I’ve made throughout my career, I find myself NOT wanting them to see most of it. I know it isn’t the best I can do.
But if I have nothing that I can say I did my 100% best on, then is that lesser work actually my best work?
I want to leave this open ended so I can hear some advice from you. This has been a struggle for me for a while. Should I continue taking on a larger amount of things? Or focus on a few smaller things? Which are you doing/wish you would have done?
I apologize, I know most of my blogs are self-centered and often ask a lot of questions, but I am still a 19 yr old trying to figure out how life works after all… 😉
Can’t wait to hear from you. Remember to like and share! Thanks for reading,