Let's Talk About Work Ethic!

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Hey Warriors!

Man, does it feel good to be back on here posting after being absent for the last couple of months. I'm impressed by the changes Freelancer have added and I'm excited about how the forum will evolve over the next couple of months

I personally think that the term "Work Ethic" is extremely underused in personal development resources, it seems that they'd rather spend their time confusing people by talking about finding your "passion" or discovering your "purpose".

Think about it, having a good work ethic is most likely one of the major contributors in peoples success. Yet, it receives so little attention..

(Hey! If you know why, feel free to let me know! It'll save me a whole bunch of confusion)

Here's what Google thinks the term "Work Ethic" means:



That seems about right to me, after all, most successful people have a pretty serious work ethic. When was the last time you saw a big time entrepreneur talk about you don't have to work to achieve success.

Exactly.

This term, it's something I think about when I'm not doing what needs to be done in order to move forward. It helps get me going.

So, here's a question for you Warriors.

Do you take your Work Ethic seriously? Or, do you instead focus on instant gratification?

Think about it, your honest answer will hold a lot of truth about where you are in life today.

- Joe Crosbie
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  • Profile picture of the author damiensuccess
    First of All - Welcome Back! There may be a few new popular faces around now.

    Originally Posted by Joe Crosbie View Post


    Do you take your Work Ethic seriously? Or, do you instead focus on instant gratification?

    Think about it, your honest answer will hold a lot of truth about where you are in life today.

    - Joe Crosbie

    I believe most "Think" they have strong work ethic but it is the only perspective they have.
    When able to compare work ethic to those who are very successful, I am sure many people would be surprised to realize that the efforts they put in are not what they had thought.

    I take it seriously, but I know that many times I am not doing everything I can. That I know for sure.
    Thinking about work ethic however do remind me to push that little bit harder during slower times.
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    • Profile picture of the author Laubster
      Originally Posted by damiensuccess View Post

      I believe most "Think" they have strong work ethic but it is the only perspective they have.
      When able to compare work ethic to those who are very successful, I am sure many people would be surprised to realize that the efforts they put in are not what they had thought.
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      This is so true. My buddy and I were living in Costa Rica earlier this year (both digital nomads) and he was working insane hours, like 14-16 hours/day with minimal breaks for eating and working out. It actually intimidated me, made me question my own work ethic and whether or not I'm really working hard.

      On the flip side, working insane hours and being a martyr is not necessary. So many people work 14-16 hour days like it's some badge of honor. Unless you're a tech start-up with VC funding on the line, working ALL day means you haven't prioritized the work that makes a big impact and the work that could be outsourced for $10 or $25/hour. 80/20 is real, and applies to everything, including how you spend your time. Plenty of people make a solid bank without working crazy hours. All comes down to efficiency, and whether or not you're doing work that suits your strengths (and work you love, of course).
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    • Profile picture of the author Samuel Adams
      Originally Posted by damiensuccess View Post


      I believe most "Think" they have strong work ethic but it is the only perspective they have.
      When able to compare work ethic to those who are very successful, I am sure many people would be surprised to realize that the efforts they put in are not what they had thought.

      I take it seriously, but I know that many times I am not doing everything I can. That I know for sure.
      Thinking about work ethic however do remind me to push that little bit harder during slower times.
      Most people don't realize the sacrifice that truly successful entrepreneurs are making including time spent with family as well as hours invested daily. These people give up a lot to get their success and most are utilizing every angle possible to climb one more rung in the ladder. They don't just work hard, they work smart, even when that means using the efforts of others (such as partners or affiliates) to expand their own reach. After all, one person can only do so much.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheFranchiseMarketer
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    I love this post Joe Crosbie! It reminds me of why I do the things I do.
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  • Profile picture of the author richgerald
    I take my work seriously. I know the only gratification I can receive is when I truly know that I have done my job the right way.
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    hard work..is a trap.

    work that produces results

    a farmer in the us works really hard to grow food .. but most are close to 60 and working a second job to live and farm ..because they make so little money per acre .

    are you working like a slave or a serf ..where most of what you produce is taken by the state or some form of rent .
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    my work ethic is simple .. if i am getting paid by the hour keep me busy . i do not like sitting around or sweeping floors .

    at home i like to refine the daily stuff down to get them done as quick as possible .. i prefer to design and decorate for efficient use .

    with diy stuff ..if i am doing it to sdave money ..i am running the numbers to make sure i am saving money .

    i despise creating wasefull unproductive tasks to fill time and look busy .
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  • Profile picture of the author Dain Supero
    Good post.

    Work ethic becomes second nature and afterthought when passion is part of the equation. Without a true passion for what you're doing, work ethic remains a close cousin of slave labour.
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  • Profile picture of the author ReviewRouter
    I constantly have work ethic on my mind. As an entrepreneur I think its important to be aware of your pace and make sure it aligns with your vision and your expectations. I also play little mind games with myself ... like if I'm thinking about getting up for a few minutes, I think do I really need to get up? is this me just wasting time? and it puts me back in focus.

    In my mind though, I'm working 24/7 ... literally dreaming about work. It's the first thing that usually pops into my head in the morning and the last to leave.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Love it Joe! These days I'm big on fun ethic, meaning I slow down, work from a calm place, and take more time off to let The Universe handle the rest...less force, more POWER, and I'm digging my work more than ever. We gotta keep at it but if you know why you'll persist like crazy since you'll be having fun. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author JagSEO
    When I've done a lot of hard work my life is more meaningful. I don't sleep a lot this days because there's a lot going on my mind and I think until the time I meet success face to face and just own it then I can sleep the whole day and maybe work again. Work, work, work, I love it!
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    This is an interesting topic. I faced a challenge today. I just picked up a new proofreading/editing client and we have agreed on a set price for specific jobs and bigger jobs need to be quoted on separately.

    This job was twice as big so I quote him twice the price...which I believe is fair.
    Anyway, he came back and said that was way too high and he would only pay $20 more than the other jobs.

    After getting back up off the floor, I had to think hard about that one.
    Being a new client, I like to do my best (well, I do for all clients but new ones need to know I do a good job).
    I have already done 3 jobs for him and been paid.

    So I decided that he had 2 choices. He could either pay what I asked OR
    he could find somebody with a lesser work ethic who would be willing to "suck up" and accept whatever pay this guy offers.

    He is a lawyer so I felt he was bullying me a bit.

    His reply was that the initial higher quote was fine but that he expected high quality work. I replied that I work until he is satisfied so he can't lose.
    I am glad I stuck to my guns.

    I do have a strong work ethic but I don't believe the customer is ALWAYS right and will stick to my guns in some situations.

    I will watch this thread to see what other posts appear.
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    • Profile picture of the author damiensuccess
      Originally Posted by laurencewins View Post


      So I decided that he had 2 choices. He could either pay what I asked OR
      he could find somebody with a lesser work ethic who would be willing to "suck up" and accept whatever pay this guy offers.

      He is a lawyer so I felt he was bullying me a bit.

      His reply was that the initial higher quote was fine but that he expected high quality work. I replied that I work until he is satisfied so he can't lose.
      I am glad I stuck to my guns.

      I do have a strong work ethic but I don't believe the customer is ALWAYS right and will stick to my guns in some situations.

      I will watch this thread to see what other posts appear.

      Great example and thank you for sharing this.

      It goes to show that more is involved to strong work ethic then being a dedicated hard worker. Some may think they have a strong work ethic, but characteristics Laurence has shown support strong work ethic that many might not consider.

      -Having full belief in the work you do is also very important.
      -Seeing yourself as an authoritative icon in the work you perform.
      -Respecting and honoring your own value.


      Great job on closing that sale,
      Cheers!
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  • I also take work ethic seriously and it annoys me when I have to deal with people who have no work ethic or people who think that having work ethics means you have to work like a dog. Having work ethics means you respect the work that you do and you respect the people that are affected by your work (clients, bosses, employees). Work ethics means honoring your commitments and doing the best that you can each and every time. It means respecting the people around you and the work that they. Work ethics is something everyone should have whether you're pursuing your passion or your working on a job you hate. It's what separates professionals from jokers. Professionals do their best no matter what job or situation you put them in. Jokers are just full of excuses.
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  • Profile picture of the author SunnyDelight
    Cool topic my friend! I used to have a terrible work ethic but as I matured and really committed to my goals my work ethic sky rocketed
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  • Profile picture of the author BizQ
    Originally Posted by Joe Crosbie View Post


    Do you take your Work Ethic seriously? Or, do you instead focus on instant gratification?

    Think about it, your honest answer will hold a lot of truth about where you are in life today.

    - Joe Crosbie
    I am starting to notice a trend that I don't like. Is this how the world will transition into an even more cold and uncaring place? Under the guise of empowerment and motivation?

    Listen, there are a lot of people with great work ethics who find themselves in undesirable situations. That is the way the world works. There cannot be a top if there is not a bottom.

    And when dealing with topics like these- success should be prefaced with the word "financial" or "professional".
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    well as far as the top and bottom thought ..many times that is based on location .. in new york city you can have a 6 figure income and be in the bottom of many social orders ..

    while in may parts of the world that are safe to live you can have an income near the Us poverty line and live a real good life .

    are you working and getting a life you really want ..or are you working to have a life style people have said you should want .
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  • Profile picture of the author Trey Morgan
    I've always been a believer in hard work. When I was a child, I noticed that all the people around me who had the nice cars, houses, and lifestyle, had to work really hard to get it.

    Once, I realized that, I began to work hard at everything I wanted to be successful with. Whether it be sports, video games, girls, or money, if you want something, you have to work to get it. Create your own luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author tobyjensen
    But why does almost every personal development coach in the world tell us that? All the way up to Oprah and Tony Robbins? Something about passion and purpose being so important. Or some other version of personal fulfillment, happiness, or having fun?

    Flattery puts butts in seats. If your target market is a large portion of the general market (I am glad mine is not) then flattery is one of the greatest ways to get people to start to listen to you. Pressing the pain button closes the sale.

    Yep, especially if you see personal development as a branch off of psychology. Wow. It can be immensely confusing. I spent over twenty-five years sorting through the confusing terminology to find what people are actually saying. Did you say you wanted to meet on Tuesday or the day after Monday? And people would argue to the death that each is a different thing. That is just one of the problems.

    So to me work ethic and purpose are similar enough in how you are using them that I can understand you. I get it. Is that not enough?

    It does bring to mind the desire people have to more and more enjoy life, enjoy work, and be fulfilled. Work seems a lot easier these days than I have heard it was a hundred years ago. Even fifty years ago. People can refer to the ‘50s that it was the good ol’ days but diversity in jobs seemed much smaller then. Back then if your boss kept reaming you out you probably just took it. Today? If your boss even looks at you sideways (and you have an actual skill set) you are gone in a second. It is easier than ever to get a new position when you are valued.

    Only after you have a valuable skill set can you comfortably pursue passion and fulfillment. Learning to enjoy work was one of my greatest achievements. The instant gratification now comes more and more from simply being in the present moment and enjoying that first. Then my candy bar tastes soooo much better. Most people have to work to find and enjoy their purpose. It is not always naturally there.

    Work smart.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
    I think the reason many people recommend/suggest finding your passion and purpose is because it's such a great motivator. (And such a great feeling when you're working on your purpose.)

    I have nothing against making money, in fact, I think it's marvellous, however it doesn't compare to doing something that's more important than yourself: Something that you were born to do. : )
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