Start to Finish
Is it just me? Lately I have felt that most people in this world just try to get by with doing the very least. Take your car to get it washed, spend good money, and try not to find something that they missed. Go to a store and get friendly, customized service, huh? Go to a drive thru window and get everything you asked for, and then some, without having to check – not typical. Some things are just human error, I get it. But others seem to be because of pure laziness.
I bet in your career, business, school, life, you see it every day. People that you have to watch out for. People you know that when you are in contact with them, you will have to pick up their slack. Why do we have to do this? Why are there so few people who actually do a job – start to finish – and do it well? At first glance we may think people are lazy but I think there may be some underlying reasons.
- We are TIRED! People are exhausted. We are so busy and have so many commitments that we can’t possibly give our all to everything. The same reason why a lawyer can’t represent the plaintiff and the defendant is the same reason (go with me here) that we can’t spread ourselves too thin. We can’t be everything to everyone. Focus on one or two things that either make you better, make you money, or make you happy and put your energy into them. Once you have them under control, you can add more to your schedule, just be careful not to take on too much.
- We are UNEDUCATED. So many of us don’t realize that what we are doing or not doing will affect how we are perceived and could affect our future. No doubt, you’ve heard of an executive being waited on by an attentive server who goes above and beyond to make sure the experience is enjoyable who finds themselves being offered a high paying job because they took the time to do their job well. If we are educated to the fact that everything we do has consequences, we may conduct ourselves differently.
- We are not INVESTED. Sometimes we take on things we shouldn’t because we see a need and we think we should step up even if we are not completely qualified. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes that little voice inside is there to tell us to take risks but other times it is just us feeling like we can’t say no. We are dead wrong. What’s worse than saying, “no?” Saying, “yes” and not being invested. If we are not invested in the job we are doing, we will not give it our all and we won’t see the big picture when the going gets tough.
We all have bad days and we all make mistakes. But when we are tired, uneducated, or not invested, we do others a disservice. So, do yourself and others a favor – don’t take on more than what you should and learn how to pass on opportunities if they are not right or it’s not the right time. No one else is going to care how exhausted or unhappy you are – but they will care if you do a bad job.
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur baby, Tyler, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.