A group of businessmen were leaving the office early every Friday and saw a colleague of theirs that was still in the office working diligently. One in the group asked him, “why you work so hard?”, and if he would like to grab a beer with us at a local bar? The colleague mentioned that he’s got too much work to do and will not be able to join at this time. The group member said “you work too hard” and left the colleague at the office.
Throughout the night the group was ridiculing the colleague, and mentioning that all he was doing was trying to get on the bosses good side. Well, this went on for months, and one day the boss announced a town hall meeting at the office, and everyone needed to be present.
Their boss mentioned that he was impressed with a particular individual, and wanted to give a promotion to this person, and when he announced the individual, it was the colleague who stayed in the office and worked throughout the nights. The boss continued and mentioned that he was in a tight financial crisis and will need to eliminate a whole department for budgeting purposes, and when he reviewed the numbers, the colleague was working as much as the group who was leaving early to hit the bars.
The boss finally announced that he will eliminate the department who is showing little to no effort in completing their task and eliminated the department which the group of businessmen was assigned to. With that, he promoted the individual as a manager and he can select the next group like himself to work for him.
There’s a lot of truth to this story, but the real reason I composed this was to show that hard work and determination does get you somewhere. Even though this was a corporate environment, you can custom tailor this for any scenario, and this colleague possibly is you! Working hard while everyone is having a good time, but don’t beat yourself up, I always believe in the term… “play hard, but work harder”. In the story, there was a group of individuals that make up a whole department, but this one person was doing a job far beyond the quantity because this colleague brought quality.
I hope this brings encouragement and inspiration, as this is my purpose in life! -Ralph Johansen
Owner, CEO | Octomaven, LLC