Every now and then you see someone who demonstrates excellence in their job and career. It might be an exceptional waitress who anticipates your every need. Or a manager who generates both high performance and loyalty in his teams. It could be a teacher with a knack for unlocking the desire to learn in each student. We honor excellence, but it is rare. Why is that so rare? More importantly, how can you become known as a man or woman who consistently demonstrates career excellence?
One comment that is often heard about those who demonstrate career excellence is, “He/she is a natural at their job.” They don’t seem to struggle to be excellent; it just flows. That is always a sign of motivation, and therein lies the first key: Motivation is required for an excellent career.
Motivation is what we like to do naturally. It’s like being right or left-handed. We don’t even think about it. The same is true for excellence. They have a group of motivations that work in concert to help them perform at a higher level. Like all motivations, these were inborn and are as much a part of them as the color of their eyes.
But wait a minute: Motivation can be developed. People who demonstrate career excellence have identified their motivations and worked hard in their job to develop them. They have added knowledge, skill, experience and practice to consistently achieve the highest levels of career success.
However, there is a flipside to this: The best we can be with low motivation is adequate. No matter how much we try, in the long run we will never be excellent at our jobs or careers if our level of motivation is low. In other words, if we toil in areas where we have low motivation, we resign ourselves to mediocrity.
Do you want to be mediocre? Do you want to be known as “adequate?” Wouldn’t you rather be excellent in your job and your career? The first step to unlocking your excellence is to know what you do well naturally. What are your motivations?