Iâ€™m always looking for the next big challengeâ€”the bigger, the better. You know, Iâ€™ve always been taught, â€œno job too big,â€ right? What if our biggest success comes from the ability to take the smallest jobs?
I was talking to a friend that runs a landscaping company a few weeks ago, and by â€œlandscaping companyâ€ I mean landscaping empire. I was asking him about ongoing projects, and he said with a giggle, â€œWeâ€™re clearing out some brush at one ladyâ€™s house. Iâ€™ll do just about anything.â€ After more than a decade in the business, I thought he would only work on the biggest contract projects. He grows his business by building a reputation serving his clients, which means that there truly is no job too small.
Thatâ€™s not the norm. Mix twelve, sixteen, and sometimes more than nineteen years of education and a little success, and voila white gloves suddenly appear on our hands.
While this FedEx commercial is one of my favorites, it highlights an attitude that drives me nuts. Yes, we all have a â€œhighest and best use,â€ but no one on the team is â€œaboveâ€ the small jobs.
Go for it! Get down in the dirt and do something â€œbeneathâ€ you. You will gain respect and attention of your client / boss / colleague / spouse. Who knows, you may even get some more small jobs, and by “you” I mean me. 🙂