Guess What,Sometimes You Have To Do What You Don’t Want.
Sometimes You Have To Do What You Don’t Want
“You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes well you just might find, you get what you need.” — Mick Jagger
To be successful, we’re all going to have to do things we don’t want to do. No one starts at the top. As we go through our teens and college years, we’re taught to “reach for the stars” and dream big.” And all of that is good advice. But for some people, if we’re not too careful, it creates a sense of entitlement. Not getting what we want, when we want it, is one of life’s hardest lessons to learn.
We all want to do things we want to do! We all don’t want to deal with the B.S. and the menial work that is below us. Little, minor tasks? Save that for the people beneath us — because we want to deal with the big things that matter. Right? We all want to just step into our dreams fully realized and take center stage.
The truth is it is the “little things” that determine whether we advance forward. The people who think they’re “too big” for a task, are the people who miss an opportunity to learn and advance. Successful people focus on helping others- and achieving tasks- no matter their position or size. Concern yourself with getting the job done, and treating everyone with fairness and respect.
You see, someone is always watching.
Our managers, peers, leaders, subordinates, our kids, whomever — people are always watching the way we conduct our business. If you prove you can handle a small task, you’ll be given a larger one. And so on. So the notion that we should view the things we don’t want to do as insignificant is missing the point. Whether we like it or not, those “little things” are what come to define our character and reputation.
We can’t always do everything we want when we want. But we do find that we get there quicker by doing the job others don’t want. Before you jump up and say “wait, wait what happened to the passion to profit, understand my friend, I’m not talking about ignoring your passion. I’m a huge proponent of following your passion! I’m just saying, the road there is not all rainbows and butterflies. There will be sweat and toil along the way. There will be things that suck to do. But because we are driven by a bigger vision than what is right in front of us we saddle up and get back to work on what must be done to get us to a place that we want to be.
What I have learned
If you don’t do those things, you may never get what you want. Opportunity comes to those who have paid the price along the way to earn the big moment.
There’s no easy, well-paved road that is well-lit, full of excitement and light-lifting. That’s a fantasy world, and it’s not worth daydreaming for too long of that fiction.
What to do next
Put together your game plan. This starts with an overall strategy and plan, which keeps you in line. It makes all the difference in determining your course of life. Don’t ever let the “little things” — or fear of doing them — stand in your way from becoming the person you want to be. Take the initiative! Keep your eyes on the prize. You’ll get what you need.
How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything