Sometimes You Gotta Put Your Head Down and Work Hard(er)

I am a hard worker.  By this I mean that I develop a plan, analyze my progress, challenge myself daily and put the time in; basically I show up every day to succeed.  I know not everyone does this because I watch people’s actions.

Living in the world of sales and marketing affords me the opportunity to watch a lot of business people and compare and contrast.  Living in the world of sales also allows me to watch other sales people and compare and contrast what I do against what they do.  I have learned that if you aren’t doing it, then one of your competitors is doing it; so get busy!

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I see a lot of mediocre habits.  I watch people go through the motions every day.  I hear people talk as if they want to be the best, but then watch their actions say otherwise.

Hard work.

I’m not so sure people these days want to work hard.  I’m not sure people in our age understand what working diligently means.  I am convinced that people have tricked themselves into believing they are doing their best when in fact they are operating at 60%.

The vast majority are coasting; flying under the radar.  They live in a world below the top 10%, but above the bottom dwelling 10%.  Flying under the radar isn’t a compliment. It means you put effort into not being noticed; going undetected.  Those living in the world of the 80% do so because they are comfortable there.  The expectations are lower when you live in the middle.

The funny thing is those who live in the top 10% never think about it because they are too busy working.  And most times those who think they are a top producer are not and make excuses.   Those who say “I’m an asset to the company” or “they couldn’t run this place without me” are the ones who have tricked themselves into believing they are a top producer when in fact they are not.

They are living in the realm of “good enough”.  I’m not sure what “good enough” is, but it isn’t okay with me.

The real question is where do you stand?  Have you tricked yourself into believing you are functioning optimally when in fact you are coasting at about 60% efficiency?

29 thoughts on “Sometimes You Gotta Put Your Head Down and Work Hard(er)

    • You are spot on. There is a mentality that exists in some people where they expect more of themselves and don’t rely on external motivation. Usually these types of people do a great job and work hard.

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  1. Hey 👋 Danny..
    you have raised a rather good 😊 thought…

    But many don’t have the slightest idea how to get where they are going.. or want to go…

    And we just can’t teach it…

    So good 😊 for you.. I love those who knows exactly how to get there…

    And quite clearly you seems to know your way…

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  2. When I worked in the business world after teaching in the classroom I was astounded at the amount of time people wasted. Teaching doesn’t give you a monent off between 9 – 4 and there is the prep as well (OK long holidays I admit) – but I couldn’t slow down to the pace in the ‘real’ world. Later when I ran my own media company i worked harder than ever, and now I’m retired I’m still working (writing and marketing) all day 7 days a week. Been called a workaholic though 🙂

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    • Thank you so much. I get so many responses from people that they are working hard when I post these types of views. So I added the (er) to it for clarification. People who are in that 80% who want to be ultra-successful in any endeavor have to realize normal efforts do not produce extraordinary results.

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  4. Some people are terrified of their power. It’s comforting to think that you don’t or can’t make a difference. Some people get ill and the illness becomes an excuse for giving up. It takes strength and will to transcend stereotypes, bigotry and the fear. Good post. Thanks, Danny.

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  5. Well said and yes, I have, in the past been one of them. I have tricked myself into believing that I’m putting everything in it while only doing 60% or less and then got frustrated because there was no result. I’m about to embark on a direct sales journey which I want to make big for me and I know that the only way will be to put 200% in and not just a little bit. This is my chance and I sure what to grab it.

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  6. My husband’s constant bane is that he is the one pulling the chestnuts out of the fire while the others are not pulling their weight and are always finding excuses not to do what is being asked of them. He comes home emotionally drained and demoralized. He will have to go the extra mile, put in the extra hours to make sure the work is wrapped up by the end of the day. However, no one cares about the smooth operation of the organization as long as it is a 9- to-5 job. Flying under the radar is many people’s motto and I suppose mediocre attitudes have led Greece where it is today!

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