A friend of mine works for a global food company and was recently working in a feed mill in West Virginia. He was overseeing the implementation of a new control system and one of the members of his team asked:
Isn’t this “good enough”? Can’t we get by with it for now?
In other words, that person was asking “What is the least amount of work I can do to get by? There are far too many people who carry this attitude in life. No matter what situation they are in, they try to expend the least amount of effort it takes to get by.
- They invest the least amount of work in the project
- They contribute the least amount of money to their savings or retirement
- They show the least amount of kindness to their spouse and family
- They offer the least amount of worship to their Creator
Is there a chance that you are that person? Do you find yourself taking shortcuts because you are tired of giving and sacrificing for others? Do you withhold from a project (or a relationship), hoping that others will pick up the slack and fill in the gap for you?
I am willing to bet that others are more aware of it than you think. It’s interesting how easily I can tell when others aren’t pulling as hard as I am for the project, the relationship, or the cause. Others can too. If you aren’t sure, just ask. We’ll tell you.
Thanks for listening.
PS: If you are one of those people who carry perpetual guilt for everything, this might not be pointed at you. Don’t use this post as a reason to beat yourself up and kill yourself to outperform everyone around you. That is a different problem 🙂