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Extraordinary Work Ethic Transforms the Ordinary

Extraordinary Work Ethic Transforms the Ordinary

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Recently in a discussion with a physician who has quite a hectic schedule, I inquired as to how she could work such long hours while maintaining a pleasant attitude. Her response was, “I love being an instrument of the Lord and I want to do my best.”

Shortly thereafter, I read an interview CBS correspondent Steve Kroft had with rapper turned movie star and author, Will Smith. Asked about his success, his movies have grossed over $4.5 billion, Smith said, “I’ve never really viewed myself as particularly talented. I’ve viewed myself as slightly above average in talent. And where I excel is ridiculous, sickening work ethic. You know, while the other guy’s sleeping? I’m working. While the other guy’s eatin’? I’m working.”

I recall Bill Gates, Oprah Michael Jordan, Drayton McLane and Kobe Bryant expressing similar sentiments. Go figure. Here are people who have made more money than they could probably spend in this lifetime and they are still committed to a work ethic that takes their talents into the extraordinary stratosphere.

Most of the people we acknowledge as successes have embraced that “ridiculous, sickening work ethic.” I once emailed Jacqueline Mitchard because she is a great writer and columnist and mother to seven children and I wanted to know her secret to her success. She stated that she is committed to both her family and her work and she simply does what should be done without tolerating any excuses from herself.

Billionaire businessman and philanthropist, Drayton McLane, at age 77 still works over 10 hours a day Monday through Friday and half days on Saturday. He said, “I strive to make every day count.” His work ethic has enabled him to amass great wisdom and wealth which he generously shares to the benefit of many.

Mary Kay Ash, is yet another ordinary person whose vision and work ethic brought about extraordinary results. Armed with her life savings, and a mere 30 days after her husband passed away, she followed through on their plans and launched Mary Kay Cosmetics in 1963. Today, there are almost 2 million independent beauty consultants building their home-based businesses in over 30 countries.

You may be thinking, ‘I’ll have a great work ethic when I get my dream job. My current job is boring me to death.” As Nadia Boulanger, pianist and teacher opined, “There is nothing boring in life except ourselves. The most humble of work does not have to be boring.”

The issue is not the kind of work we do, it is what kind of work ethic we live daily. The Bible says to do everything as unto the Lord (that means do EVERYTHING with excellence and joy). What excuses do you give yourself to justify your lack of consistent effort in the work you have at hand? How often do you cut corners and do personal things on company time?

What would your life look like if you adopted the work ethic of these successful people? What extraordinary things would that commitment bring about in your life and in the lives of others? Want to leave an extraordinary legacy? Begin now to cultivate that ridiculous, sickening work ethic. You will amaze yourself at what you could accomplish and who you would impact. I wish you an abundant life.

Aya Fubara Eneli is a best-selling author, Christian Life Coach, Motivational Speaker and Attorney. Join Aya for a unique MasterMind Group online for women on the subject, As a Woman Thinketh. For more information, visit www.ayaeneli.com, follow her on twitter @ayaeneli or e-mail her at info@ayaeneli.com.

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