In a podcast interview with Kristian Andersen (to be released on Monday) he said something that caught me off-guard and caused me to think about my day-to-day work. The gist of his comment was that we need to decide what what we want to be known for, and then get working on it. In other words, we need to make sure that our daily activities line up with where we want to be headed.
I’m going to build on his comment: The question I’ve been asking myself (since the interview) is,
“Would I want to be known for the work I’m doing today?”
If today was going to determine for all time how people would perceive my work, would I be satisfied with my efforts?
This doesn’t mean that I have to hit home runs everyday. I think it’s more a matter of how I engage the work rather than what I do. I want to make sure that I’m pouring myself into my work and not doing the bare minimum required to “get by”.
So, I pose the same question to you: would you want to be known (forever) for the work you’re doing today?