One Thing For Your Daily MUST DO List: Get Out of the Pile!

Activate This Amazing Attitude At Work or School and Watch the Results Roll In

Now this is a commitment you ought to make at the start, middle and end of every year: to get out of the pile! According to the Oxford dictionary, A pile is “a heap of things laid or lying one on top of another.” As you read, think about the definition.

At work, at school, in your relationships - are you just another pumpkin in the pile? Or are you out of the pile, and distinct because of your work and attitude? Photo by smee.bruce
At work, at school, in your relationships – are you just another pumpkin in the pile? Or are you out of the pile, and distinct because of your work and attitude? Photo by smee.bruce

I found this excellent tidbit entitled ‘Get Out of the Pile’ while reading a book entitled Thinking for A Change by John Maxwell.

The piece describes an attitude that, thankfully, I have tried to adopt for many years prior to my reading this book (my original influence was a simple verse). It really works. I have found in my own life that employers greatly respect and value this type of attitude .

Why Young Adults Should Care About ‘Getting Out of the Pile.’

As you will read – in the excerpt below – as many as 99.9 percent of the people you know and will know in whatever field you go, will be ‘in the pile’ and will hate their jobs and their status in life.

Make no mistake, 2013 will not be the year when lazy, ordinary and average workers/students/people will rise. Everything is now easier to find, easier to do, easier to outsource, easier to skip over. In times like these, if you are not valuable to your boss, you will not be valued by your boss. As young adults, the earlier we adopt this approach without complaining the more we stand to gain.

Here’s the Excerpt:

The excerpt, is a response by Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, to a question posed by a young businessman in his mid-twenties at an event at the Fox Theater in downtown Atlanta (and reported by Gabe Lyons):

A young guy asked, “When you were my age, what did you do to elevate yourself among all of your other associates? How did you stand out from the crowd of other young, ambitious and driven colleagues of your day?” Jack responded, “Great question, young man. And this is an important point for every person to hear. The first thing you must understand is the importance of getting out of ‘the pile.’ The only way you are going to stand out to your boss is to understand this simple principle: When your boss asks you a question, assigns a basic project, or sends you out to gather some data, you must understand that your boss already knows the answer he is looking for. As a matter of fact, in most cases, he simply wants you to go out and confirm what he already believes is true in his gut.

“Most people simply go out and do just that,” Jack continued, “confirm what their boss believed to be true. But here is the difference maker. You must understand that the question is only the beginning. When your boss asks you a question, that question should become the jumping off point for several more ideas and thoughts. If you want to elevate yourself, you must sink your thoughts and time into not only answering the question, but going above and beyond it to add value to the train of thought your boss was on.

“Practically speaking, that means coming back to the table and presenting to your boss not only an answer, but three or more other ideas, options and perspectives that were probably not previously considered by your boss. The goal is to add value to the idea and the thought by exceeding expectations when the question is given to you. This is true not only with questions, but assignments, initiatives and everything else ever given to you to run with by upper management.”

Jack drove the point home emphatically. “So if you understand that the question is only the beginning, you will get out of the pile fast, because 99.9 percent of all employees are in the pile because they don’t think. If you understand this principle, you will always be given more critical questions to answer. And in time, you will be the one giving out the questions to others!”

If you desire to climb up out of the pile, to rise beyond your circumstances, to move up to another level in your career and personal life, then you need to take the advice of Jack Welch. You need to become the best thinker you can be. It can revolutionize your life.

Copyright © 2003 by John C. Maxwell

One Word of Warning: People Detest Hypocrisy.

As the great Bob Marley sang: “You can fool some people sometimes but you can’t fool all the people all the time.” If you act with the wrong motive – you will be exposed. Be very careful that you act with a sincere desire to help others and to improve your organization and not just with a pushy, annoying self-centered desire to be seen everywhere, by everyone, just to get ahead.

Are you in the pile? What are you doing to climb out this year?

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This is part 3 of the 7 part series Make 2013 a Stand Out Year.

Read the posts in this series:

1. So What If Everyone Thinks 2013 Will Be A Horrible Year?

2. Decide On Your Destination: Create A Personal “Life Plan”

3. One Thing For Your Daily MUST DO List: Get Out of the Pile!

4. Are You Improving Your Mind? Here Are 3 Reasons Why You Should Be

5.The Real Reasons You Should Care A Little More About Your Body (Now!)

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