It’s 12:43 AM and I’ve been in the zone working on some Gemba Academy projects.
I can’t explain it… but I love working late into the night from time to time. I do think getting adequate sleep is supremely important so I don’t always work late like this… but things are flowing nicely tonight so I’m going with it.
Anyhow, I got thinking about how we lean thinkers often preach things such as work smarter, not harder… or how lean is about getting the maximum result from the minimum effort. And I definitely agree with this thinking.
But here’s the thing folks. While I pretty much got straight A’s in college (OK, I got 1 B which was a total robbery but I digress) trust me when I say it wasn’t because of my staggering intellect.
Not the Smartest Cat Around
You see I’ve never been the smartest guy around… I’m not an idiot or anything but I have to work at things. I used to re-copy my Calculus notes after class because my initial notes were too sloppy. People used to think I was CrAzY for doing this… but I HAD to if I wanted that A.
Nothing Beats Hustle
I used this same attitude when I worked in industry. I simply worked harder than most people… as such I went from a night shift Process Technician at Nokia to a Global Director of Manufacturing at Flowserve Corporation. And now I’m blessed enough to run my own company. How did this all happen? Hustle. That’s how.
I’m also doing my very best to teach my children the value of hard work and practice and that if they work harder than others their chance of success is much higher than if they simply try to get by with minimal effort.
So, I guess the point I want to stress here is to, of course, work smart. Be productive. Eliminate waste. Be lean! Obviously this is the right thing to do.
But please don’t ever forget that NOTHING beats hustle. Nothing. So no matter what God has called you to do I beg you to do your VERY best at it.
If you sweep floors for a living sweep them better than anyone ever before. And if you’re the CEO of a huge company be the best damn CEO you can be. And if you’re somewhere in between these two professions… well you get the point.
What do you think?
What do you think of this? Is the idea of hard work and hustle too old school? Or should we all seek the glorious 4 hour work week so many claim to envy?
What do you think?