“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” – Martin Luther King Jr
Far too often I got caught up in wanting my next promotion, or next big gig. How could I move up in status and money? “I’m too smart and too valuable to be working on this small operational stuff,” I’d tell myself.
Additionally, when we used to interview candidates for the Carleton University Students’ Association; potential earnest candidates would say, “…I want this role so that I can help make a difference, and provide value to the student body…”
But how are you making a difference and providing value today?
We don’t need a position or a status to permit us to create value, help others and be the best at our craft.
Once we focus on being the best at what we do, then we’ll see growth come our way.
It wasn’t until I started to focus on becoming a better speaker that I saw a difference. With more refined content, impactful delivery and a clear sense of purposeful action; I start getting more bookings, and referrals.
Whether you’re the CEO of a Fortune 500, an entry-level employee, or volunteer at a not-for-profit organization, be the best street sweeper so that others can’t help but notice how talented and hardworking you are and reward you for it.
Focus on being the best at what you’re currently doing, and the next will follow.
I’ve never thought of myself as a writer. But I’ve naturally tended toward storytelling. And in fact, I always feared to put my writing out to share. I always found myself to be a better oral communicator than a written one. But every day as I write these short blogs, I think of how I can make each one the best.
I was hoping you could help me to continue improving, by sending me your top favourite blog post at the end of each week!