Work Ethic and the Rainbow Unicorn
Work Ethic and the Rainbow Unicorn
So I woke up this morning 3:30am. Sleep; it forever eludes me, and it is my personal “rainbow unicorn”. No matter what I do I cannot seem to shut my brain off. Whether I am thinking about work or “momming” hard, sleeping through the night is a rarity! So… time to write.
Owning a business is hard. There is no room for failure. Not only do I have people that rely on me at home, I have a work family as well. They are the reason I am flourishing!
OK so onto work ethic...I love the women I work with; I have an amazing team. They are the reason my business is successful. For the past seven years, I have had an arsenal of people that have "had my back" and have shown me what commitment and loyalty looks like. But there are some days, like today, when you have that person that knocks you off kilter and make you question things.
I would be crazy and completely unrealistic if I expected every single person that walks through my door to be a super star, but today I feel the need to put quotations around the words "work ethic". Is this another beautiful rainbow unicorn that I am chasing around and around in circles?!?!
If you have no money what do you do? You work! If you cannot pay your bills what do you do? You work! If you have no food in your cabinets, you work! What you do not is CALL OFF from work! I have seen a lot in my short life so far, but some of the reasons people do not show up to work are mind blowing! A sniffle, a sore throat, an appointment in the morning so why do not I just take the entire day off because I really do not want to work anyway. My favorite is when a parent calls off for their kid (and by kid, I mean an adult)?!?!?! How is that teaching independence and accountability?
I have always been a worker and by that, I mean a hustler. When I was 15, I got my first job. As soon as I realized I could make money; I worked more. When I turned 16, and could drive, I was working full time, at night. and on weekends. I do not think I had a weekend off until I was in my thirties (all of you that work in the service industry know what I am talking about). I worked hard, played hard, and hustled...always. Sometimes I had two jobs, especially when things got tough, I always did what I had to do.
Is work ethic learned or are you born with it? As a business owner (no one is ever going to run your business the way you do) you hope to find, mentor, lead, inspire, and cultivate those surrounding you within your business; build your bench. I strive to model the behaviors I am looking for and there is NEVER a job that is beneath me!
Yesterday I had the pleasure of one of my closest friends stop by to see me at work. She was in the area, visiting one of her job sites, and happened to be passing by while on her way to night school. She is one of the strongest women I know. She not only works a full-time job; she is currently going for her master’s degree at night AND is a full-time single mom of three beautiful daughters. Talk about setting an example. She makes it look easy and does what she has to. She keeps it moving and inspires ME to work harder! Everyday the struggle is real.
Today is one of those days when I want to shout out to everyone, "Put on your big girl panties on”! I do not care if you are a Baby Boomer, Generation X-er, Generation Y-er, or a Millennial! Go to work, do your job, and do it well! Be a team player, suck it up, and keep on keeping on.
No one is ever going to hand you anything, you must grind for it. Be thankful for what you have and know that you can do anything you want to do if you work hard enough. Nothing comes easy but if you plan your work and work your plan the future is yours!