I’m always amazed at how anyone can think that they can put in as little as possible in their current job and somehow become the best at what they do IF they get the job of their dreams.
What they fail to recognize is: that is very unlikely to happen!
The person who complains about their job all the time, and puts in the least possible amount of work to stay in the job shouldn’t be surprised when staff are laid off that they are amongst the first to be let go.
For the person who does their best, they are often the last to be fired and first to be rehired (if that occurs) or get another job, if that is what they want. They will tend to have good recommendations and their work recognized, leading to better opportunities.
Some weeks ago, I was talking to a young man – lets call him Steve, in a wireless store who was helping me out – he was actually more like a clerk, quite eager to learn, and spent a lot of his spare time studying as much as he could about the various handsets, plans & products in the store – he was getting a lot better than some of the actual trained technical staff!
One day, an undercover customer service reviewer came into the store and Steve helped him out. The reviewer was so pleased with Steve, he revealed he was an undercover reviewer, and offered to transfer him to a more progressive branch of the company! Included was an opportunity to formalize his education and move on to better things.
Steve wouldn’t have been made any offer if he had not been doing his best where he was, even as the current circumstances were not ideal.
It is the attitude that you approach things now that you will tend to take forward with you. Even if your current situation is not optimal, why not do the best you can there anyway – that attitude and habit will lead you to much better opportunities and success.
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