To become successful is not that difficult. Successful people do things that lazy people won’t. In the Book of Proverbs, Solomon teaches a lesson to those who are feeling a bit lazy. It is to those who think they can do the minimum and still be rewarded with a great future that I write this. Solomon shows us how to live successfully by observing the life of an ant.
Go to the ant, you slacker! Observe its ways and become wise. Without leader, administrator, or ruler, it prepares its provisions in summer; it gathers its food during harvest. How long will you stay in bed, you slacker? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to rest, and your poverty will come like a robber, your need, like a bandit. (Proverbs 6:6-11 HCSB)
We often see people doing the opposite of the way of an ant. People do just enough to not get fired! Others have an entitlement mentality and feel that their employer owes them more that what they agreed to receive in wages. Many employee’s today feel entitled to promotion without earning it. Some “steal” time and even possessions from the company because they feel entitled to more than what they are earning in pay. Mediocre employee’s always have to be watched and told what to do.
Just consider this! What could happen if an employee made their employers’ life easier? What could happen if they performed as if the company they worked for was theirs? What could happen if they worked on ways to make the company more profitable? I will tell you what could happen; they could get promoted and make more money. This is because all these actions are what every employer wants from their employees. I don’t know of one company owner or manager who would not richly reward such a person!
So, if you want to become successful and increase in status and money, stop waiting for your boss to tell you what to do. You already know what to do. Take the initiative and go beyond what you are paid to do. Don’t sit back and procrastinate, putting off until tomorrow what can be done today. Be aggressive. Go above and beyond! In doing so you will become a company asset instead of a liability. If the company enters a downturn, you will be the last to go not the first!
I can assure you that if you stop making excuses and do what you KNOW you need to do you will advance beyond your wildest dreams. Work on yourself. Become the best you can be. Make it your aim to become indispensable and you will gain favor with your employer, customers, and coworkers. Become a leader and you will be promoted to lead. There is no better way.
An ant is a tiny creature, but it sure teaches big lessons!