If you give the bare minimum, that’s exactly what you’ll get.
If you clock in, show up and leave you’ll stay in that position. If you’re willing to grow and learn and put the extra foot forward you will gain.
I know, I know – we all want to believe that we work hard. But let’s be frank 40 hours a week is the bare minimum. It is expected. It is the baseline. It is certainly not above and beyond. Let me reiterate: it is the bare minimum.
Hard work is not necessarily work per se. It is more like investment. Reading the books on the side, an extra hour towards your side business, an extra hour in the gym, 20 minutes cooking lunch instead of buying it, saving before spending. These are all little things that seemingly make no difference at the onset. But these things compound and the end result is a world of difference.
Even something as simple as asking for things. Sometimes you have to demand what you want.
After 6 months of kicking ass at my job, I demanded a $4 raise and it was granted. I knew the value I brought and demanded that my effort be acknowledged.
Others are lucky to get $0.25 a YEAR. But they also work just enough to not get fired and they don’t talk to their boss unless they have to and simply don’t ask. I feel weird telling people that I “got” a raise. I didn’t get shit, I demanded it. I could have left well enough alone and I would still be making the same amount. Sadly, that is what most do.
People tell me that I focus too much on money. Those people are always, without fail, broke. If they focused on their money more and they’d have more than a few dollars to spend at the end of the month.
There is nothing wrong with creating value and demanding that you are paid for that value. This is different from entitlement.
Entitlement is ‘demanding’ a $15 minimum wage when your lazy ass is texting at the checkout counter. Not engaging customers, not smiling, not knowing all the codes for the produce – not doing what you are paid to do in the first place.
Creating value would be asking those customers how their day went, bagging their groceries, being quick and timely with their checkout and asking if they need anything else. The person who is doing that has earned the right to demand a wage increase.
Your paycheck is not your employer’s responsibility, it’s your responsibility. Your employer has no control over your value, but you do.” — Jim Rohn
No one has ever gotten rich by demand and no one ever will.
You have to create value first and then accept nothing less than what you know you are worth. Don’t be surprised if the world does not agree with you right away.
The only way to provide value is with excessive effort. Not a little extra, not a lot of effort – excessive effort.
Seeing my results, people often ask how much I work out. I tell them 6 days a week. They say “that’s excessive!”
Excessive? Yes. But also consistent. When extreme effort is applied consistently over time, change is bound to happen. The simple fact of the matter is that if you are not seeing results, you are simply not trying hard enough.
You need to reach beyond your comfort zone with confidence in order to grow.
I tried many times gain weight and ‘get ripped’ it was not until I applied myself correctly that I started seeing changes. When I was 18 – I was in the gym twice a day for 3 months straight and saw marginal results. 100 push ups/sit ups/ squats everyday for 30 days, plus going to the gym 6 days a week and eating massive amounts of clean calories for 2 years straight produced massive change in my body. So when I see others complaining about being ‘hard gainers’ I just see people who haven’t applied themselves correctly. I know, because I was in their shoes at one time.
Excessive effort begets excessive results. Mediocre effort gets average results at best.
How could I have gone from thousands of dollars in debt to debt free with thousands in the bank in 6 months?
5/7ths of my paychecks went to my debt.
That raise I got? I don’t spend it. It goes straight to savings. I’m also about to cut my income in half. I should have 6 months expenses in savings by June. Excessive? Yes. But putting away 10% gets you nowhere (it’s not a bad place to start, just a bad place to stay)
Every day I see people do the bare minimum and wonder why they can’t get by.
I wake up at 5am to work on my side business now. Excessive? Again, yes. But the results are always worth it. Half assing it will get you half assed results that you will not be happy with.
It’s always an uphill battle, but the view from the top is always worth it.