Tripling down

Another one of the many lessons I’ve learned from my CEO recently.

There is no special praise reserved for working hard — that’s expected and required. You work a late night here, go without sleep there, do a lot of work behind the scenes for no recognition for months on end.

That’s great.

But the sooner you realize that working hard is not enough, the better off you will be. Add these to your list:

  • Make your goals and progress public (even if it’s internal to your team)
  • Taking on projects that you’re not ready for
  • Asking for help when you need it
  • Stop toiling away in obscurity
  • Keep your promises
  • Work harder
  • Work faster

Doubling down isn’t enough for someone with your skill, talent, potential and ambition. And all those things are worthless if you don’t apply them!

“Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which most men throw away.” – Charles Caleb Colton

Willie Jackson is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Consultant & Facilitator with ReadySet, a boutique consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the topics of workplace equity, global diversity, and inclusive leadership. Connect on LinkedIn or get in touch.