Good morning! Have you been looking for a little inspiration in your career? Maybe it isn’t the job you’d planned on, you just aren’t growing professionally or you are hopelessly awaiting a raise or promotion that just keeps passing you by?

There’s a line in my favorite book that says, “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.” Before you get defensive, think about this for a minute. What are lazy hands? What are diligent hands?

Sure, you probably aren’t super-lazy at work, maybe you do exactly what is asked of you, clock-in and clock-out exactly on time. But it’s also very likely that is doing this – and not one thing more – you are not being the most diligent worker.

Have you ever thought, “I don’t want to go to work today!”… “Gosh, I hate my job/boss.”?  That is how most people think about their job. People work for the weekends, dreading Monday morning every single week. When you see your work as a nuisance or as something that gets in the way of the rest of your life, that becomes your big road block staring your career advancement right in the face!

Because if you are bitter about the fact your work is interfering with other stuff, I can promise you are not working with your full excellence and diligence. One way or another, your work will show that bitterness.

I’m sure you’ve seen kids, or even adults, who don’t work with excellence. Think about how they act. There is a sense of carelessness in what they do and not to mention an distinctive (and noticeable!) attitude, right?

If you resent your job, your boss or your work, it will show in the quality of your work, your attitude, your communication with your boss and coworkers or in your work ethic. And maybe it shows in all of the above!

This type of mindset will not get promoted. In fact, your boss is likely looking for any excuse to get rid of you. Diligent workers are invested in their work. They take a sense of ownership in the tasks they complete and how they can help the company’s bottom line. Those are the employees your boss is looking to promote or reward with a raise.

Because a worker like that brings more value to their business.  What kind of worker do you want to be? Do you want to be stuck, hating your job, resentful and on the verge of a layoff? Or do you want to be someone who finds job satisfaction, is constantly being promoted or given bonuses?

It isn’t too late to become that diligent worker! Instead of making excuses, when a problem comes up find solutions. Work with an excellence that is pointed toward increasing your value and making your company a better and more profitable place.

What changes are you going to make in your career to show you are working with greater diligence? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to share today’s message with your friends and family by hitting Like and Share.

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In great faith,

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