“If they had told me I was the janitor and would have to mop up and clean the toilets after the show in order to play, I probably would have done it.” _Bruce Springsteen
My office is a very small operation.
I remember when I first arrived in Bismarck. I had so much to learn. (Still do!)
For example, after a few days I realized that if the office trash was to be taken out I had to do it.
Then when it came time to clean the bathroom, I looked around for the janitor and discovered that I was the janitor!
But truth be known, I have found that taking care of these menial chores have been good for me and even fulfilling.
One of the worst things that can happen to us is to feel we’re above having to do the menial and the manual.
There are two questions we should ask ourselves daily:
- Who should I be developing?
- What should I be doing?
They are both equally important.
Never do anything that someone else needs to do in order to develop as a person and leader. But never hesitate to stoop to take care of the lowest and most menial task if it needs to be done.
People who are only available for the important, visible, and desirable tasks are people you should be wary of. They do not have your best interest at heart nor the organization they claim to be serving.
The ONE THING for today: You never get so important that you’re exempt from the manual or menial tasks. If something needs to be done and you are available, the only reason for you to not step up and do it is if it will keep someone else from developing into a better person. Otherwise, you do it and become a better person yourself.