How to Succeed in Any Career: Try Your Hardest

Want to do better in your career and in your life? Then the simple solution is to try your hardest.

Now, this might seem like a no-brainer but it would probably surprise you just how many people don’t do this. And it might also be worth pointing out that I’m talking about trying your hardest at all possible times.

To bring to mind an example of someone who doesn’t try their hardest, picture for a moment the last time you were served by a checkout assistant in a store who just really didn’t want to be there. Perhaps they were sullen, perhaps their shirt was unironed and maybe they looked down and talked into their chest while they served you. If they talked at all that is…

CareerYou would have come away thinking ‘well, that was an awful example of customer service!’.

If this is how you sometimes feel at work or in life, then you’re sabotaging yourself more than you probably realize. It’s time to put a stop to it then and to start trying your very hardest at everything. Read on and we’ll see how you can do this and just why it’s so important.

The Value of Hard Work and Enthusiasm

In any career, trying your hardest will almost always help you to climb to the top.

Let’s imagine for a moment that you are working in a supermarket and this is not how you saw your life turning out. The clientele are rude and you work very hard while barely making enough to make ends meet. It’s understandable that under these conditions, you might well be somewhat uninspired to do your best work and try your hardest.

But if you were to try your hardest, then this would all change:

  • You would get a better response from your customers which would improve your mood and your day
  • You might get positive feedback
  • The manager would notice your enthusiasm and how capable you are

And trying your hardest doesn’t just mean thinking about how much effort you put into all the smaller details. What it equally means is the way that you present yourself and the way you chase after opportunities to do better and be better.

Someone in a position at a supermarket for example can progress their career by attending courses and volunteering for positions – this might mean going on team leadership courses or perhaps applying for the role of section manager. Either way, if you keep this going, you will progress in your career and this will be reflected in your job satisfaction and in your salary.

Sure, you might want to continue to put effort into finding alternative employment. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t continue to do the very best job you can do meanwhile.

The same goes for any other job you provide. If you create some kind of product or offer some kind of service, then you should take pride in that job or that service and that means that you should really think about how you can make each project you hand in the very best it could be. Word will spread, clients will return and you’ll eventually be able to increase your rate.

How You Impact Others

Another reason that some people might be inclined to not give their job or their other work their very best effort is if they think their job isn’t important or it doesn’t impact on people in a meaningful way.

What’s crucial to recognize though is that every job you do is going to impact on the people you serve in a meaningful way.

Say you’re a waiter at a restaurant for instance. You might think this is a fairly boring job, but if you don’t give it your all then a late meal or poor service could very much ruin a night out for a young couple. Imagine that they’re heading to this restaurant as a special treat early on in their relationship, they’ve gone to the effort of getting dressed up and they’ve been looking forward to it all week.

But then you bring them cold food and refuse to speak to the chef to arrange a discount or replacement. It’s no stretch to imagine that it could completely ruin their big evening and potentially lead to an argument that might have even more severe, lasting consequences.

The same goes if you’re in logistics. This sounds like a very dry and potentially dull job – but that product getting delivered could be something that the recipient is incredibly excited for.

Almost no matter what your job, you caring or not caring can potentially make or ruin someone’s day.

Other Areas of Life

The same goes for nearly every other area of life. The more you try and the more effort you put in, the more you get out.

Put effort in your appearance and make the effort to improve your people skills and you’ll have more success in your career and in your love life. Already in a relationship? Then this can make your partner happier and potentially lead to a better relationship between the two of you.

Make more effort with your family and friends and you will have stronger bonds with the people closest to you. Make more effort in your health and fitness and you’ll live a longer and healthier life.

There really is no aspect of life where trying harder doesn’t yield better results.

Essentially, this comes down to the ‘law of attraction’. The law of attraction states that the way we act determines what we get out of life but it tends to focus on factors like confidence and appearance. What really matters though, is the amount of effort you put into life. That’s what really determines how much you’ll get back out of it!

Keith Hillman

Keith Hillman is a full time writer specializing in psychology as well as the broader health niche. He has a BSc degree in psychology from Surrey University, where he particularly focused on neuroscience and biological psychology. Since then, he has written countless articles on a range of topics within psychology for numerous of magazines and websites. He continues to be an avid reader of the latest studies and books on the subject, as well as self-development literature.