Have you ever heard the adage, “They beat the horse that works and let the lazy one sleep?” Guess what? I’m apparently the horse that works. Not a day goes by without my boss assigning me “special projects” that no one else wants to do. In fact, I have a few colleagues who don’t even fulfill their primary responsibilities, don’t meet their objectives, don’t meet their goals, and how does management deal with this? They slap their hands and give their workload to “the horse that works”!
One must conclude from this situation that doing an exceedingly good job rewards you by increasing your workload. Yearly raises are pretty much the same across the board, so whether you’re an engine or a caboose, the money is the same. So, where is the incentive to do a really great job? Yes, you can talk about work ethics and integrity and the satisfaction that comes from doing your best, but that will only take you so far. Don’t you eventually reach a point in time when the straw breaks the camel’s back?
I keep asking myself what motivates me to work at this pace. Why don’t I just kick back and be the lazy horse that sleeps? I’ve tried. God how I’ve tried. But I can’t seem to go against the grain of my nature, and that is to do a good job and exceed expectations. Is there a silver lining in this curse? Of course there is! If my mindset was to just do enough to stay ahead of the bullet, would I have had the ambition to write four novels? Would I have self-published They Never Die Quietly? Would I have made the publishing deal with Amazon Encore? Would I have signed a two-book foreign deal? Maybe the beatings aren’t so bad after all.