When set to a task whether it be a task at one of my jobs, in scouting, etc… I do “my best”. By “my best” I try to figure out how to give 100%. I strive to always bring my “A” game. Honestly, I don’t know any other way to do things. The only time I don’t put in my max effort is when I am sick or injured even then I am going to look for a way to maximize my effort.
Here comes the rant.
I take issue when I have to work/interact with someone and they aren’t bringing their “A” game. I don’t expect it all the time, but when you never show up with your “A” game don’t expect me to be on my good list for long. What really annoys the shit out of me is when a person’s “B-” game is impacting my ability to put forth my “A” game.
(Even high performance race cars aren’t capable of having the throttle pinned to the floor all the time. Have to down shift and throttle back once in a while. However, when second place starts closing the gap and it’s the last couple of laps get it in gear and pin that throttle.)
I’m going to borrow a quote from Adam Carolla, “Don’t do your best. Do my best.” I’m not saying you need to be able to perform at my level all the time, but when I only have to put forth 75% of my effort to equal 100% of your effort that’s not kosher.
I am also reminded of conversation I had with my mother the other day.
Me: I’m tired of busting my ass and always bringing my A game while some people show up and only bring their B- game.
Mom: I think you have higher expectations than is reasonable for most people. You should probably knock it down a peg.
I thought about that for a second and then dismissed it. I’m not going to lower my expectations of others when I know that they are capable of doing better work and/or achieving better results. Even more so when I know they are shirking responsibility.
Me: I’ll knock it down one peg when everyone else steps it up 3.
I’m sure some people are gonna get butt hurt over this taking it as a personal attack.
I honestly don’t care. Most of the people I interact with will read this and not give it a second thought because they bust their ass as hard and sometimes harder than I do and have not a thing to worry about. Some others will read this and might feel insulted, angry, hurt, and possibly guilty. If that happens to be you, take a long hard look in the mirror before you take issue. This is an opportunity for self evaluation and improvement. How can you improve “your best?” It’s a question I try and ask myself at least once a week.