What’s the point in doing something half-heartedly? Sure, that a sensible question to ask, but in reality we can never do everything to our fullest potential. We need to make sacrifices. Some things will just make the requirements, while other tasks get our full, undivided attention. It’s a constant battle on what to put our time and effort into, and what to put on the side. The challenge comes from the stakes in this game we call life. Every project, assignment, favor, or presentation is a representation of yourself to the recipients. This means that some people are going to get a half-presented view of yourself, while others are going to picture you in shinning light.
That balancing act is what catches some people up, who do you choose to impress? Well, there are some obvious ones, like your boss, significant other, coworkers, really anyone close to you. But what about the people you are not close with? Shouldn’t they still view you in the best light too? Giving tasks your “all” is difficult, but it can be done. Carrying yourself high and not burning bridges could leave a lot of doors open for you down the line. Being open and honest with others is a great way of providing value. If you cannot perform a specific task properly, then don’t waste their time. Passing on that specific project not only shows your professionalism, but also shows respect to the person requesting your help.
The key here is knowing your passions and goals very well. You need to have a firm grasp on where you want to go in life, and then only take on projects that align with those passions. You never know when you will need to tap on a connection you made years ago. It truly is a small world, and the more doors you leave open, the more opportunity you will have to progress your career and improve the lives of others around you.
Obviously this is the “perfect-world” situation. We all know that at school and work, things get put on our desks that we must do, regardless of our passions. That’s not what this piece is about. It’s about giving your all to the tasks at hand, and only choosing tasks outside of those inevitable ones, that best fit your life goals – and then mastering them.
Bottom line, bite off what you think you can chew, and give it your all. Go to bed knowing you represented yourself in the best way possible, everyday.