3 Secret Ingredients You Must Include in Everything You Do (If You Want to Do Great Work)

Many people do work. In fact, most people do work; it’s part of life. But if you’re reading this it’s because you aspire to do more than just work; you aspire to do great work. And I commend you for it. I don’t know that there’s any other kind of worthwhile work.

I mean if you’re going to work anyway, you might as well strive to do great work and make a valuable contribution to the world. If you’re going to expand energy anyway, you might as well expand that energy to do something great. If you’re going to wake up early and sleep late, you might as well strive for excellence in what you do.

Your work is your gift to the world. Your work can still continue to serve people long after you’re gone. That is encouragement enough to continue making great work. Whether you’re a public personality or working in the background, away from the public eye, your work makes a difference.

When you commit to doing great work, you commit spicing up your work with these 3 secret ingredients.


Put your heart in your work. You can’t simply go through the motion and expect you’re going to produce great work. Passion gives life to your work.

If you lack passion, it will transpire in your work. Like burnt food, it will leave a displeasing taste in the mouths of those who consume your work.

When you eat a meal prepared by a passionate Chef, you can taste the passion in the food. When you listen to music from a passionate musician, you hear the passion in their music. When you read the works of a passionate writer, you can feel the passion as you turn the pages.

Passion not only stimulates the mind; it moves the heart.


You can’t simply regurgitate someone else’s “stuff”, call it your own, and think that you’re going to make great work. You must inject something from you in everything you do. When people look at your baby (i.e. your work) they must recognize you; your work must bear your DNA.

Make sure your work is a true reflection of who you are.

You can learn from the others. But to create great work, you must graduate from imitation to creation. You must make the recipe your own: make your work unique.


Let your work take you into uncharted territories. If you let it, it will; you’re creative. Just because “it” has always been done this way doesn’t mean you can’t find your own way to do “it”—whatever “it” is. You don’t have to remain shackled by the past. You can innovate.

Sure, you must first master the fundamentals of your craft. However, at one point, you must tap into your creativity and improvise to reach the next level. And who knows, you may leave a trail for others to follow.

If you aspire to produce great work, inject passion, authenticity, and creativity in your work. Passion infuses your work with life; authenticity forges its identity; creativity grants it longevity.

Add these “secret” ingredients to your recipe and there’ll be a little “je ne sais quoi” (i.e. something truly special) about the “dish” you offer the world, and your “consumers” will be grateful for the unforgettable experience.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.