About Work Ethic

I’ve always believed that in anything I do, I must give my full, honest, 100% effort. Sometimes my 100% on one day isn’t the same as my 100% on another day, and that’s okay! What matters is that I truly try my best. Anything less is simply unacceptable. The code with which we conduct ourselves, that we hold ourselves to, is an important part of the characters we are and the characters we want to be.

Perhaps that’s why I find myself constantly irked by so many peers around me who I feel are not truly giving me their best. Perhaps that’s why I find myself disliking individuals who, despite having zero obstacles in their way, simply do not do. I understand those who find it difficult to keep it together due to factors such as personal issues, mental illness, and the like, and I can completely empathize with them. That’s what I mean when I say that my 100% on one day may not be the same as my 100% on another day, and that’s okay!

When I was going through some tough times last spring, I found it difficult to be me. I found it difficult to truly give myself to my projects, organizations, and so much more. I gave everything my full effort, but even then, it was often not enough. Did I spend nights wallowing in my own self-disappointment? No! I slept sound at night knowing that I, despite all obstacles of the day, did as much as I could. For that, I will never apologize. I do not rest until I can truly say that I am proud of the work that I’ve done.

Maybe it’s a tough and slippery perfectionist sinkhole that I slip down. Maybe it’s pride and ego which – I admit – I have plenty of right now. Maybe it’s my work ethic. Whatever it may be, whenever it may be, I wake up every morning and follow the same rule I’ve set for myself every single day: I owe it to others around me, to the world, and most importantly, to myself, to give a full effort every single day in whatever it is I do. Anything less is not acceptable. Anything less is fraudulent.

Can you say the same? If not, why?

Happy trails.