In the pursuit of your very best as a man you will want to include every hour, each day of your life. That’s 18 hours a day, 7 days a week, proper rest and relaxation notwithstanding.
This is not a part time pursuit to be segregated to your leisure activities. Becoming a Force of Nature is not an on again off again fair weather occupation. This is not a weekend endeavor.
It is a way of life. It will become your essence.
Eventually people will step aside as you pass by, refer to you as Sir and constantly apologize. A man with this kind of character and this kind of energy does not drag his ass at work. He does not complain about work. Nor does he ever complain at work.
He embraces his work.
A man at his very best enjoys who he is. He enjoys his own company and enjoys whatever he is doing. He has a force of life inside of him that is independent of his situation. It is a state of mind and it becomes a matter of principle.
So as you internalize the material here at BFN, remember that it also applies to your work day.
Become a complete man, learn to embrace your work and make excellence a part of everything you do.
It’s a Matter of Honor
Enough already with the poor attitude and doing just enough to get by. Make the decision to eat your work like candy. While you are working you might as well execute at a high level. Consider it an exercise in your personal development and state of mind.
Embrace your work as a matter of honor.
Strictly defined, honor means keeping your word and meeting your obligations. And this is especially true at work. It’s a matter of honor for you to provide a top notch effort for your pay every day. Even if you do not like your employer this holds true. If you take the pay you must do your best.
If you are not willing to do your best, then leave. And if you cannot afford to leave then you know the answer. Provide an honest day’s work each day and then search like hell after hours to find another place of employment.
If you happen to have a stash of f-you money, then of course you can leave at any time. But while you are there, it is a matter of principle that you always do your best. Any less is unacceptable.
You agreed up front to provide your services at a specified rate of pay. If you are unhappy with the actual work compared to your expectations, you can always walk. But remember, no situation is perfect. Either keep your word, work hard and without complaint or take the front door.
If you stay, you might as well live up to your obligations and do the job well. It is a matter of honor.
It’s a Matter of Personal Honor
There is also a higher level of honor to consider regarding your effort at work: honoring yourself.
Embrace your work for your own benefit.
This is the most powerful reason and the ultimate foundation for embracing your work. Do your best every day as a matter of personal honor. And enjoy yourself while you are at it.
Doing any less would be acting dishonorably. Doing any less would be cheating yourself. There is no way you can develop properly while simultaneously providing a substandard effort each day. You will know in your soul this is shallow behavior; regardless of whatever resentment you may have toward your work or employer.
And it will bleed over into the rest of your life. Don’t kid yourself.
Make it a matter of personal honor to produce superior results. Make it an exercise in principle. Use it to harden your character. Consider it a plus if your work is difficult or your colleagues are distasteful. Learn to become independent of your circumstances and execute.
Conduct yourself as such and you will find your way. A bad situation will only be temporary. Eventually others of the same mind will find you; you will find each other. We know who we are and will always seek out other rare men of honor and good character. The average man is of no real interest to us and will be soon left behind.
So embrace your work as a matter of personal honor and thrive.
Why would you ever expect to do any less?
Make it a habit and it will become easy.
It will become who you are.
It’s Who You Are That Matters
Yes indeed, it’s not what you do that matters, but who you are and how you do it. The status or prestige of your work should be irrelevant. Work is work.
There are only a few special types of work in my mind—first responders and medical people. But even in these cases the profession is not sufficient to make up for poor character and a poor work ethic.
Work is work. If you work for pay then you are the same as everyone else. The type of work you do makes you no better and no worse than any other man. It is who you are and how you conduct yourself that will distinguish your efforts.
There is nobility in all work when you do your best each day. It doesn’t matter if you wear a suit or a uniform. It doesn’t matter whether you earn a large income or a modest income. If you show up every day and provide a superior effort then that is really all that matters.
A man’s work doesn’t define him in the long run. His character does. It is your character that will distinguish you over time. As impressive as your position or title looks from the outside, if you are a man without virtue then eventually you will reach your own level. You will reap what you sow.
But if you are a man of virtue, honor, conviction and courage you will distinguish yourself. It is the complete man that matters, not the superficial aspects of what he does for a living.
Pursuing your ambition at your profession is good. There is tremendous merit in professional achievement. One should always strive to become better at what they are doing. As they say, if you are not moving forward then you are slipping backward. It is always good to improve one’s self and one’s circumstances. But just be certain you are doing it for redeemable and intrinsic reasons.
If what you are doing and where you are is not at the level you would like to be, you have just as much reason as the next man to focus on the intrinsic each day. It really shouldn’t matter what you are doing. Take pride in your work no matter what. Always provide your best effort.
Make it a permanent exercise to improve who you are through your conduct and attitude. Be consistent and be relentless in this and then watch what will happen over time. As with everything else in this world there are no direct guarantees. But eventually you will overwhelm your circumstances and live on a higher plane.
Become a Professional
No matter what you do for a living, become a true professional. Do it for your own benefit. Do it as a matter of personal honor. Never dishonor yourself by withholding your best. Always perform your duties admirably.
Come to work each day with a great attitude and ready to execute. Come with energy and come with verve. Make it a matter of principle. Develop a mental fortitude which will pervade your whole life. Never mind status and appearance. Provide excellent service and produce quality output.
Do not make the mistake of withholding your best until that dream job in the sky. Now is what matters. Now is what will lead you to where you want to go. Leverage the present to create the future. Develop yourself to such a high level that nothing can stop you.
Become independent of your circumstances—good or bad—and let your character lead the way.
Honor your obligations, honor yourself and become a professional.
Embrace your work.
All the best,