It is my belief that “working hard” begins after proverbial 8 hour work day or 40 hour work week. Realizing that many people work added hours and multiple jobs, this advice still applies.
Working hard is the effort put in before, during and after the contractual obligation to your company has been fulfilled. This consistent effort allows you to own the clock and not let the clock own you. The clock I will speak about is a creation of your own. It has no hands, numbers, glistening bands, alarms or gadgets. This clock; in most cases has never been observed by your closest friends, family, peers or competitors. If it was tangible, those individuals would come together without being assembled to smash it into a million pieces. Talk about a team-building exercise of mass proportion.
In sports, we are able to easily recognize superiority amongst athletes. These athletes such as LeBron James, Serena Williams, Peyton Manning, Rafael Nadal, to name a few, seem to be playing on a much higher level than their competition. They often create the illusion that their opponents are simply less prepared for the challenge. The difference between the superior athlete and the everyday employee is the athlete’s devotion to “The CLOCK” is broadcasted for all to see and admire. Their efforts are rewarded with millions of dollars in contracts and endorsement deals along with lives of luxury and benefit. These incentives would undoubtedly increase productivity levels and efforts in any workplace around the world. So what about that underpaid and undervalued entry-level employee or the overwhelmed and understaffed supervisor and those alike following your basic workplace hierarchy? What could be their motivation to follow that same clock? Is it extrinsic motivation, meaning performance is contingent upon reward or is it intrinsic motivation, meaning the job is done for personal gratification? Does it matter which one? Perhaps not, but I will go out on a limb and assume in most cases it’s a good mixture of both for more people.
As I finish a 20 hour work day, in which I received compensation for 10 of the hours. I look back and feel little to no satisfaction extrinsically and completely satisfied intrinsically. I realize I am in a small minority of individuals that has truly enjoyed each job and employer I’ve had the opportunity of serving. What has motivated and separated myself from most people is my adherence to “The CLOCK.” It was this tactic that allowed me to quietly rebel against conformity and focus on being the best that I could be at every day. This eliminated negative relationships with supervisors, increased visibility and established respect of my colleagues.
In my observation, my colleagues were slaves of the clock. They felt trapped in a state of confinement for 8 hours or 480 minutes a day, 5 days a week. By the 481st minute, I observed them sprinting for the door, racing down the stairs and bullying their way through the nearest exits. This behavior existed because they chose to follow the clock while working a job that provided little to no intrinsic motivation. How many of you know someone who is solely motivated extrinsically and so is often disappointed when that reward or paycheck does not measure up to their desires? The answer is, most of us.
"The CLOCK” is an asset, free to all who are motivated enough to succeed. Its use instills the belief in the user that they possess significant power in any position or organization they choose to serve. It empowers the user to believe they not only create but measure their own standards. These standards unquestionably will surpass any employer expectations. Each user operates with a sense of purpose and recognizes they know exactly what it takes to be successful because the blueprints have been left behind by those successful before them.
The acronym CLOCK alludes to the Tony Robbins “Success leaves clues.” "The CLOCK” only leads to success and success is determined only by the user!