Work ethic has lost some of its importance in the 21st century. If you ask must employees when they work they will respond with very specific parameters. A typical response might be that the work on weekdays only, Monday through Friday, weekends, or some combination and that they work for a specific time, such as nine to five, second shift, or a swing shift.
The benefit of being an employee is that you know exactly when, where, and how long to work. Once the limit is met you can stop working and let the business fend for itself.
This is the opposite work ethic required by the Entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur there will come a time when you get tired of working. Over a period of time the entrepreneur may even experience some burn-out. This will be especially true when the business is not going as successfully as planned.
The reality is that if you are going to be an entrepreneur it does not matter how exhausted you feel. It does not matter how many hours you worked today, or what time the clock says. If there is important work to be finished the entrepreneur must go beyond traditional quitting standards and get the work done.
One of the best strategies to improving work ethic is to do the hardest and most difficult tasks early in your work day. Most entrepreneurs are at the peak when first getting back to work. Entrepreneurs just can’t wait for the night to get over so that they can get back to doing something they truly enjoy.
Once the difficult and pressing tasks are completed then work on the items that have to be accomplished to keep the business open. Develop a checklist of things that have to be completed each day. Prioritize the list and then mark items off as they have been completed. Draw a line between all of the items that have to be finished today and those that could be finished if possible.
To be successful the entrepreneur must be dedicated to developing their work ethic. Sometimes this may mean “grunting” through dreaded or tedious tasks. It could mean always being the first in and last out of the office. A strong work ethic means never stopping until the important things are completed.
The moment you lose your work ethic is the moment your business fails. As long as you are able to keep plugging along, you will accomplish your goals.
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By John Porter
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