Imagine Michael Phelps in the pool. Imagine Usain Bolt on the track. If you are more into the arts, imagine Eric Clapton playing the guitar or Banksy at an empty wall. These are all people who have achieved greatness in their specific fields, when they practice their art, they make it look so effortless. Although Usain Bolt looks like he is out for a nice Sunday jog, what he does is extremely difficult and hundreds of thousands of hours have gone into perfecting his craft.
We have come to expect greatness to look effortless in almost all disciplines except business.
In the business world, we tend to take the opposite view. Those who tend to trash about, make the most noise, look the most pressured and pained, are often categorized as “hard workers” and “valued employees” while those who seem to glide by effortlessly are often criticized as “lazy” and “disinterested” and “under performers.”
I’d challenge you to look at those in business the same as you would look at a great athlete or musician. Don’t let the effortlessness of getting a job done fool you into thinking you have a lazy, disinterested, underperforming employee on your hands, if you do, you may just miss out on an amazing employee who can transform your business into greatness.