IQ experts say that Thomas Jefferson was the smartest man ever born. I don’t doubt he was brilliant. He harnessed his brilliance to the ox of hard work. Without his hard work, that incredible brain would have been wasted.
I am sure there have been many others born who were smarter than Jefferson, no matter what the experts say. Those who were smarter were never recognized because they either worked in obscurity or didn’t work much at all. They used their brilliance to just get by.
So, two things:
- You have to work hard
- You have to be recognized
I constantly talk to job seekers who have managed to get themselves into a great position. They work hard, have a great attitude and are willing to take chances. Interestingly, they commit with all their heart even though they may change jobs or positions frequently. They commit, work hard and make sure their accomplishments are recognized.
These superstars often hit bumps in the road. I know one that went from COO, to $24,000 per year junior associate, then back up to senior associate at $70,000 per year in 24 months. A year later he was CTO. He makes commitments, works hard and gets recognized.
Something to do today
It is time to look at your habits. Are you performing at the level you want to be recognized at? In other words: work hard and get recognized.
Next: Ask and you shall receive