Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow the small ones.
Here’s today’s tip: “Big Jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow the small ones.” – Teddy Roosevelt
Teddy was right about many things and this quote nails it. If you want the big job, prove you’re not afraid of the small ones.
We see this truth both in religious and secular culture. In the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25, the master replies, “You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many.”
Frequently I’m asked by young people how they can break into politics. Often, in their mind at least, they’re looking for the shortest path to being on TV, making a ton of money or significant fame. There’s nothing inherently wrong with those goals, but allowing yourself to be too fixated on a hack or short-term payoff means you’re going to miss the best strategy.
It may be intoxicating to look at the 20-something on Fox News or MSNBC and dream of sharing their level of fame and popularity but that’s likely not your best path. Even if you could snap your fingers and achieve it, the average career life expectancy of folks who ride that lightning is very short. Much like in the fable of the Tortoise and the Hare, I’m going to put my money on slow and steady. That’s where long-term success originates.
It’s counterintuitive but my recommendation is always to attack whatever task you’re given with ferocity. If you ask for a job and get assigned bathroom cleanup, make that the cleanest bathroom in town. Don’t gripe about how your talents are better used elsewhere and this is beneath you. Put your pride aside and realize that at that moment, there may be nothing more important for you to do than be a rockstar janitor.
Whether it’s fetching coffee, cleaning the bathroom, canvassing voters or wading through emails, prove your ability to conquer the big jobs by outgrowing the small ones.
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