“Shouldn’t you be out drinking with all the other young kids now?” that’s what a co-worker said to me as he strolled down the hallway thinking he was the lone wolf in the office at 8 pm on a Friday night. He was probably right, I was getting tired and the numbers were becoming even harder to read – not that alcohol would have helped my eyes in that instance. I suspect he didn’t grasp my purpose of being there. To him my reasons for staying were to make a little bit of money and maybe if I were really smart; get some eye-candy for my resumé.
He was mistaken. I was there because I wanted to become great at what I was doing. I wasn’t born with any predisposition to do it, I wasn’t the new rain man. Still I enjoyed my job and I wanted to become damn good at it. So what did I do? Did I look for a magic formula? No. Did I beg everyone I saw to teach me? No. When faced with a challenge did I complain that I had never been given the chance to learn that? No.
I worked hard! I put in the hours. I showed up on time and left after everyone else had gone. Was it fun? Yes it was a lot of fun at times – I got to hang out with a lot of different people and they were much more receptive to me because they respected me for my willingness to better myself. Was it hard? Yes it was very hard at times – it forced me to start drinking coffee…
You see there is a lot to be said for the concept of “working smarter, not harder” but sometimes we need to roll up our sleeves and get down and dirty and be willing to put in those hours. You’ve probably heard about the 10,000 hour rule, it states that to become an expert at something you have to spend 10,000 hours on it. There’s no way around it! You can be the brightest kid on the block but I promise you that if you get complacent someone is going to come blasting past you for the simple fact that they work harder.
So don’t be scared to bring forth a little sweat, have some tired days and late nights (so long as it’s not every night ;) ) – I promise you that if you’re persistent with your hard work the reward will show itself sooner or later.
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Thank you for reading. Yours truly, Christian Rosenvold