I touched about a topic on aggressive about 2 months ago. Come to think of it, perhaps it needs to be explained further. I would like to talk about expectation in this post.
When we perform a task or execute a job, there is always an expectation from yourselves or others. Not to mention those who doing less than what is expected. Most of us are used to follow instruction to achieve the task / job's goal, or so call 'do exactly as expected'.
First of all, there is nothing wrong on this as the school has taught us to perform so and the teacher has encouraged us to do so. Unfortunately, doing so may not work well today as the competition is getting stiffer, cost living is getting higher, resources are getting scarcer, and our life is getting tougher. These factors have lead us a need to make a change.
Without change, we may face to be mediocre or even below that eventually. Just look some successful giant companies i.e. Nokia, Yahoo, Blackberry and where are they now. And then you also can look at iPhone, what do you think it's future will be?
The rule is very simple if put this into a job position. Do less than expected, we are not contributing sufficient value and thus you may be an liability and expense to the company. For example, regular late comers, always forgotten this and that, did not deliver task on time. Thus, you may be the first one to be retrenched.
Do exactly as expected, you may just sustaining the value to the company, where you may be dispensable asset and low return investment to the company. For example, you are just doing what is required by the boss or superior. Nothing more than that or less.
Finally, do more than expected, you are possible creating value to the company. For example, you are the top sales of the company and always provide ideas to the team on how to generate more sales. Or you are an assistance that taking more challenging jobs from the boss instead of entry level jobs. The company is earning more than what it gets by paying the same salary if compare to your peer. By making this as your habit, luck and opportunity will start to come to you. The boss and colleagues will also think of you when they need someone to be rely on.
Hence, you may want to consider to be a value creator and do more than expected in order to stand out from others and change your life.
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