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Be Awesome at work, everyday

Be Awesome At Work Everyday
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We’re a unique bunch. We’re part of the group of people who care about what we do. Turning up and doing what’s necessary isn’t our game plan. For us our job isn’t just something we do, it’s who we are and we love it (most of the time). We are the “New Work Pioneers” who don’t settle for just our job it is but want to change our conditions for the better.

So how do we become the person everyone wants on their projects? How do we create demands for our time and capabilities? How do we go from good to great?


One way to be awesome at work is to become indispensable to those around you and above you. When someone knows that they can come to you for an answer to an important question, you become indispensable. If the boss knows that you’ll always ship on time you will rise to an indispensable status in their eyes. The same goes for clients and customers. When anyone associated with your work knows that you will deliver on time every time you will begin to rise above the masses and people will see you as the guy (or girl) that gets the job done. You’ll become indispensable. You’ll become awesome at work.

Go above and beyond

We all like more. More is a great word because it give us, well more. If you get extra sprinkles on your coffee in the morning without asking because the waitress knows you like them, it puts a smile on your face. Being upgraded to first class for no other reason than because the airline can, it’s a sure fire way to put you in a great mood all day. When we give more in our work than we are expected to we can produce the same affect in others. Going that extra mile, giving 110%, going above and beyond are all ways to say “give more.” But don’t do it because you think you have to. Do it because you know it’s want you would want. By always giving more you can become awesome at work.

Super productive not busy

Every office or work environment has at least one super busy person. Some businesses have whole buildings full of busy people who remain busy all day everyday. Busy isn’t good. Just doing lots of things just so that others can see you as being busy won’t make you awesome at work. To do that you need to leave the busy days behind and start being super productive. A boss or colleague who sees you being busy won’t actively seek you out when there’s awesome work to be done. They’ll seek you out though when they know you’re the most productive person on site and will be able to complete on time, to an awesome standard and you’ll do it with laser sharp focus.

Be Courageous

Awesome workers are brave workers. Awesome workers and courageous workers. They know that at times you need to run with the pack and take orders. They understand that there is a time and place for that. But awesome workers also know that there is a time to step out and be courageous, to take a lead, to buck the trend and to say “no that’s a bad idea.” Awesome workers use their knowledge, skills and experience to make courageous decisions even if that means they have to go against the grain. If you want to be awesome at work you need to do the same. You need to stand up and say “hey look there’s a better way”, “I’ll take the lead of this”, or “this is the sort of standard we should be working towards.” Stepping out of the comfort zone that surrounds you and being courageous is part of the way of an awesome worker.

So do you want to be awesome at work? I guess you do. So go on, go out there and be indispensable, give more every time, be super productive not busy and be courageous when the situation arises.

Ben Lumley is a Motivational Speaker and Trainer from the UK who writes about personal development at Why not connect with him on Twitter @6aliens or if you liked this article then why not subscribe to his RSS Feed?


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  • Eleanor Edwards said:

    Great points here Ben 🙂 I was thinking about the ‘above and beyond’ one and applying it to my situation. Because being remarkable is pretty fabulous when you’re doing your own thing too isn’t it? Oooh, and then I had an interesting thought …. how about we apply this to our family life? What would that look like? Hmmmmm, you’ve got me thinking now.

  • Matthew Needham said:

    Too me, I think of Buzz Lightyear when I read this: “too infinity and beyond” which is really what we’re trying to achieve and be truly awesome.

  • Ben said:

    You can be awesome in any area of your life El 🙂

  • Ryan Hanzel said:

    Excellent ways to be awesome Ben. To me it is the greatest feeling when people can count on me and they know it. Everyone loves being the go to guy and they should. That in itself is a accomplishment.

  • Matthew Needham said:

    Hi Ryan. Ben is a great guy, I’m very pleased he’s such a regular contributor to the site!

  • Ben said:

    Thanks Matthew. It’s an absolute pleasure

  • Ben said:

    You are already a go to guy. You just need to believe it.

  • Joshua Black | The Underdog Millionaire said:

    Being awesome is giving more than everyone else in your niche and doing exactly what you customers are expecting of you and then doing even more.

    There are too many small business owners out there that are just going through the motions and I think that the special breed of people with extra awesome-ness will really shine above the rest.

    -Joshua Black
    The Underdog Millionaire

  • Matthew Needham said:

    Thanks for the comment Joshua, being awesome is ‘delighting’ your customer!

  • Ben said:

    Thanks why you stand out Joshua, because you know and embody this.

  • Matthew Needham said:

    Have you signed up Joshua for your success inteview yet Ben?

  • Eric said:

    Awesome post!

    I think a lot of people get confused when it comes to being busy at work vs. actually being productive and getting something done. The difference in my opinion is having the goal clearly laid out and then going after it until you reach it no matter what. If you get that done then that’s all that really matters, right?

  • Ben said:

    A good point Eric

    This is worth baring in mind for everyone

    You, and you alone, must decided whether or not the reward you are striving for is worth the price you must pay for it in effort. – Napoleon Hill

  • Matthew Needham said:

    Nice quote! Seems like there’s a lot of interest in this, so might just to get cracking and get it launched!

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