I doubt if you wouldn’t jab me a punch if I were to tell you this to your face. But the truth is that we’ve all got to replicate the mosquito strategy if excellence is our goal, and if productivity is the intended means.
You know these unsolicited text messages we get from telecommunications operators in Nigeria? I don’t know if the story is the same elsewhere though. Those things could be annoying especially when they come in as calls. You are in the bathroom dabbing your face with soap and your phone will let out a yell. You’ll rush to pick the call only for you to discover it’s a programmed call from the operators.
So, I got one of those programmed texts from my operators on Monday while rushing to catch up with the terrific match between Chile and the Netherlands. Let me present it the way it came: ‘Do you know that mosquitoes only live for 24 hours? Amazing!!!’
It’s sincerely amazing! Isn’t it?
Well, it may not be amazing to some of us. To those of us that are knowledgeable in animal science, it’s simply stale news. But for naïve folk like me, it’s an awesome fact. And it forced on me some soul-searching lesson.
I need to live and work like a mosquito. Period.
Within just 24 hours, only a day, a mosquito can destroy a generation. You don’t believe me? Ask those that are still alive to testify to the killing potency of malaria. The drama isn’t just about the deadly bites however. The curtain raisers are often more irritating. It starts with some disturbing music.
The unpalatable symphony may force you to deal yourself a slap and you’ll wonder why you did it. Yet the uninvited musician wouldn’t let you be except you are holed up in a make-shift cage of netting or you’ve destroyed the freshness of the air in your room with some spray to keep the marauding mosquitoes at bay.
And if it eventually gets hold of its target, we all know what that may result into.
What a mosquito packs into the 24 hours of its existence cannot be ignored, whichever way you look at it. Or what do you think?
Let’s come back to us…
Isn’t it fine if we assume that we really don’t have much time at our disposal? On a positive note (not the mosquito irritating or deadly fashion), we need to make our impact felt in our career even if we have only a day to spend on the job. We just can’t afford to be ignored. We must influence the people around us.
We mustn’t just be good at what we do. We must be outstanding. We must consciously seek to be better than we were the last time. Innovation and mastery should be our guiding principles. We must strive to become literally indispensable. We must pursue excellence with a fervor that goes beyond just being good. We must seek to become unforgettable.
That’s the Steve Job way.
Be so good at your responsibility that the job almost becomes you. Don’t be deluded. Time’s fast slipping out of the window. Make your impact felt. Start today. Start now.
Ask these questions:
What can I do to make my work look easier and more attractive?
I know I’m doing just fine now on my work but how can I make it better since I’ll be a comedian to expect a different result using the same old method?
What are the little seemingly insignificant but evolutionary changes that I can add to my work on a regular basis?
And you know what? You can make your impact felt in any work you do – as it goes for the MD so it goes for the cleaner.
Talk to you soon.Rising to the Top: Be A Mosquito In Your Career by Taiwo Adeyemi