A Subtle Enemy You Must Overcome to Do Great Work

If you aspire to do great work, you must overcome this enemy. If you let it have the best of you, your work will suffer. This enemy is lethal because it’s subtle.

Great work doesn’t just happen. It requires a commitment to excellence, a commitment to producing quality work. It implies that you take pride in your work. It rests on a mindset that pushes you to give your best to your work and seek to make as significant an impact as you can.

When you decide to do great work, you must—at every step—overcome the temptation of becoming complacent. Complacency (and its cousin Mediocrity) is an enemy of great work. It leads you to a place where you become satisfied with status quo and stop to grow—at least, you stop being proactive and intentional about your growth. It’s a place where you stop pushing yourself to think better, be better, and do better.

Complacency is an enemy because it stops your journey of continual growth. If you stop growing, you start shrinking. And this is detrimental to your efforts to produce great work.

This isn’t a matter of age. Quite frankly, you can continue to grow until the day you die (or at least until the day your health prevents you from doing so).

Conversely, as some do, you can get complacent as soon as you leave the school benches at 25 and find a “secured” job. You settle and stop pushing yourself to contribute as much as you can. Instead of creating great work, you settle for routine work. Or worst, as some others do, you botch the work to get it out of the way, so you can go and “play.”

Work is more than a necessary evil. It’s not something you get out of the way so that you can go do “real things.” Work is an important part of life. It’s a way to express yourself. It deserves you put your heart in it and give it your best.

When you commit to doing great work, you also commit to a journey of continual growth; doing great work demands that you grow continually. You’re meant to grow and continue tapping into your God-given potential, and that’s a by-product of doing great work.

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.