This morning I made a post on LinkedIn that was titled: DO THE WORK.
I wrote it because I have been doing a lot of thinking about the work-ethic of people today.
My takeaway is often this: There is often a lot of talk about what "we would like to do" rather than what we actually do.
This gets me thinking about the sayings like:
Talk is cheap.
Don't tell me, show me.
The loudest in the room is often the weakest in the room.
He/ She talks too much.
He/ She talks the talk but can not walk the walk.
These are sayings that go alongside too much talking and not enough doing.
Years ago, I realized in life you get paid for what you do, but more specifically what you complete or help somebody else complete.
That takes work.
Too often many are looking for shortcuts.
Our culture talks about INSTA, fast, getting things done without regard for the quality of the end product.
What was the last good movie you saw? It was probably from some time ago.
The classics are the classics because they were not only worked to completion, but they were completed as close to perfection as possible.
Today, many want to do more things, but do they want to be great at anything?
That is the real question....
How full is your plate right now?
How many things are you trying to do and make great?
On my LinkedIn post today I shared what I have learned from living on the farm this summer.
These are some of the lessons.
⭐Farming takes work, but it is actually mostly about letting nature do it's thing.
⭐There is nothing better than hard work and if more people actually did labor, stress and anxiety would vacate.
⭐When you are busy and outside, the last thing you do is scroll aimlessly on your phone.
⭐Your greatest ideas and innovations will come when you are outside- being in nature, working outside and in a greater surrounding.
⭐There is such thing as a lazy farmer. I have come across many old timers that do a lot of talking, but never seem to get to work. They tell stories, but forget to engage in what actually is their vocation.
⭐Lastly, farm equipment before the mid 90s was built to last. The new stuff is junk! Before the 90s craftsmanship was very, very good because companies were focused on quality, not the repeat purchase. "Nothing runs like a Deere"
These are just a few takeaways.
But, my real message is this: GET TO WORK.
There is only one way to do anything great.
WORK. FOR. IT.
And that does not take talent- it takes guts, courage, energy, and a relentless spirit.
As you go after your day today, rather than look for the shortcut, go all-in.
Go at something hard.
Forget the plans you have later- work tirelessly again.
I believe we have gotten soft.
But when you get to work on something you truly enjoy- and you get that desired outcome, there is nothing better.
Calluses on the hands.
Those are symbols of effort.
Put in the effort today.
COACH DANA CAVALEA