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The Five Irrefutable Ways to Cultivate a Strong Work Ethics

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A strong work ethics is an important part of being successful in your career. In today’s world it is easy to avoid the mirror or the starting line. You can aspire to and revel in the achievement of super dilettante status – someone with substantial intellect who is well educated, well read, passionate, and opinionated about a great many topics, possesses excellent communication and persuasion skills, enjoys a diverse network of friends, and even generates a good income. Whether you are working at a job or studying at school, developing a good work ethic can be critical to success. Different fields prioritize different characteristics and qualities, but any good work ethics involves good time management, focus, and dedication.

“I think leadership is more than just being able to cross the t’s and dot the i’s. It’s about character and integrity and work ethic”. Steve Largent

Work ethics is a set of values based on the ideals of discipline and hard work. Sometimes it’s difficult, but you have to take an honest look and have an honest evaluation of your performance. Follow these steps and be guided in other to improve your performance and work ethics.

The Five Irrefutable Ways to Cultivate a Strong Work Ethics

Make work fun

It’s not enough anymore to simply put your head down, work hard, and produce results. Reject the “just make it through the day” syndrome rooted in narrow values such as prude social climbing. Cultivate a pure motivation that extends beyond winning and/or losing. Pursue endeavors that you love and that represent the highest expression of your talents. Know that the most competitive stance is to get the biggest rush from the battle itself. Do not be distracted in the pursuit of peak performance.

While it is important to show your employer that you are willing to work hard, it is important to create a healthy work life balance. Working too much can cause you to become overwhelmed with work. If you are partially or completely in charge of setting your own work time, you will have to be sure to minimize distractions when working. Have fun and understand that it is the true secret of successful people. 

Be comfortable with competition

Know this; “winners contribute to the peak performance and personal growth of all competitors. They are comfortable going for the throat in competition. They don’t give up. No! They delight in going for the chase.” For many, even a simple competition produces emotional distress in the form of pressure, tension, anxiety, and self-esteem attachments to the outcome. You need to relinquish the negative emotional baggage connected with result-oriented competitive stance which has led many people in the pathway of doom due to fear of failure. No great business or leader has thrived without competition, so enjoy the opportunity to push forward and climb to greater heights.

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Expand your horizon

There’s a big connection between this step and number 2 above. But in this case you have to take the extra mile to be different from everyone else. “And where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethics. You know, while the other guy’s sleeping? I’m working”.- Will Smith

You have to discard moderation and push your limits. Take risks and move to peak performance. Realize that “passion is everything.” Push yourself above your selfish needs. Mount on the energy struggle to beat opponents. Have a more powerful and long-lasting amp of motivation than just focusing narrowly on personal gain.

Work smart

If you are motivated, it is easy to develop a strong work ethic that will be appreciated by employers and coworkers. Be brutally honest with yourself and make a clear decision to align your behavior with your goals. It entails sacrificing things that bring you and your ego a certain measure of satisfaction, fulfillment, and productivity.

Focus your time on one endeavor so as to achieve a smooth transition to the next. Remember that; “having fun and working hard will not lead to success unless your work is focused, guided, and directly applied to your goals of personal development and optimum peak performance.”

Share the secret

Most people are trapped in an existence of self-importance, hectic pace, and high stress levels. By taking a stand for the importance of play, fun and enjoyment of the moment, you serve as a powerful role model to others. Sure, no one is immune to the trials and tribulations of life, but everyone deserves to enjoy some fun in the pursuit of peak performance.

Being a good person and leaving an honorable legacy extends far beyond the bullet points on your curriculum vitae. Improve the quality of your practice. No more blind experimenting, hoping you’ll stumble upon a secret or sensation that will become permanent. Whoever you are and whoever you defeat, you never have to apologize for winning.

I am the Founder and President of Young Leaders Arena. Formerly I was the Chief Editor and program co-ordinator at Walktall. Author of the upcoming Book; Success Recipe: Start up Tool-kit for exceptional business growth. I have written numerous articles on both leadership, business start up, entrepreneurship. I have served as thought leader in many societies and organisations, including the Forum on Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. I obtained my post graduate from the prestigious University of Port Harcourt. I also have a Bachelors from the Delta State University, Abraka. Twitter & Instagram: @Charlessholokwu

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