Don’t underestimate your most significant competitive advantage in work — you are human.
Job descriptions are cold, static, unemotional, and devoid of talent — and they should not define your daily work.
They are the lines on the football field but they don’t define how the game should be played.
Job descriptions tell you what should be accomplished and, ideally, why it matters, but you define the how.
And the best way to define the how is to center your methods, your process — your daily work — on your innate aptitudes and abilities.
If all players in a sport at any one position played the game in the same way the game would be boring to watch and play (and in low demand). Imagine if all running backs ran the same routes in the same way without regard to individuality. Or if all point guards only passed.
Players who excel use the general job description of a running back or a point guard as a guideline but not as a limit. There are power backs, finesse backs, pass-catching backs, blocking backs, and so on. All point guards pass, but many also drive, dunk, and shoot the three.
Why should our work be any different?
The only reason it’s different is because we haven’t taken the time to define who we are and what innate tools we bring with us and how those tools could be used to make the job we are expected to do more dynamic. We may not have had coaches and analysts and specialists watching us and reflecting back to us what we do best. We don’t know who we are and what we have and how we could be centering our work on our greatest asset — us!
We are getting in our own way.
Are there certain standards that teachers and engineers and salespeople have to meet? Sure. To be honest, probably too many. But if you find yourself meeting the standard and nothing more you will also find yourself without soul, passion, energy, or satisfaction for your work.
Do your job but be you while you do it.
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