I agreed to do something I had no idea how to do, having never done it before. But I know me and I knew that I would make it happen, how hard could it be? I agreed to redo a brochure for the investigative agency that I work for, can’t show you yet because we’ve not finalized it, right now it’s a draft.
Monday we’ll be posing for a picture for the front of the brochure, mind you the faces will be blurred for security reasons I have to say, I’m quite proud of my product so far. I won’t typically agree to a job I can’t do, as I can complete most tasks I agree to take on, there are rare occasions something prevents me from doing what I promised and it’s usually not because of me.
Recently I agreed to get several toughbooks up and running for my boss as well, old police units. But what he was wanting done was impossible to do for free. They all have to be upgraded in some way to accommodate what he wants. Free is the keyword and because of that, I wasn’t able to perform that task, but the reason was external to my ability. I can still do it if he allows a small upgrade to the system.
Regardless, my point is that yesterday I wrote about people that make promises, or talk themselves up and then don’t come through on their word. They talk a good game but when it comes to bat they strike out. I don’t, won’t and can’t work like that. I’ll tell someone if there’s something I can’t do, I’m not too proud to admit there are things I don’t know. And some I just don’t want to know.
But overall when I agree to do something, it’s my word on the line and I take that very seriously. How seriously do you take your work? Do you value your work enough to be sure it’s the best work you could put out? Or do you take the shortcuts and corners that get you done faster, but doesn’t necessarily show how talented you are?
I believe in always putting my best effort into something I’m doing otherwise it’s not worth doing. I never know if something I did, worked on or wrote is going to be scrutinized, and if that happens I don’t want to come out looking like a chump because I didn’t put the work in for a quality product.
How important is a work ethic? What do you think of yours?