Most of us get up in the morning, shower, get dressed and go to the office to put in a day of work. The work we do is typically of decent quality sometimes of good quality but do we strive for great quality?
Yesterday I sat down at the computer and started writing a post; I got through a couple paragraphs and stopped. I looked at the screen and decided that the post was crap, the actual words and sentences were I’m sure perfectly fine but the overall effect was just a quick thrown together article. The quality of the post was not there for me so I stopped and just deleted it. It also got me thinking about a few things in the office and around the house.
Where is the quality?
Too often I see people throwing things together because they can and because they can get away with it. I’ve been guilty of it before and I’m sure a lot of readers have as well. Why does this happen? There’s a cost of mediocre quality in the time that it takes to fix the problems that become apparent and the actual dollars and cents of having to take a product or piece of work to that high level when its needed. Do you put in that extra effort to make what you do the best it can be?
Unfortunately there are times in life when we are overloaded and overworked and we simply don’t have the time to put in the effort to make something of quality. Sometimes you don’t need to have the highest level of quality… but there should be a minimum standard (high or good quality).
Not striving for that minimal high quality means to me that the person doesn’t take pride in what they do that they just don’t care enough. Too many people just slog through life expecting people to give them everything, the produce piss poor work and then complain that its not fair that “Bob got a promotion and he’s been here a year less than me”. Are you one of them? Do you just do the bare minimum?
I think most people fall somewhere in the middle where they do a decent job but not a good one. They provide a good enough job that they don’t hit the radar as someone who produces quality work, nor do they register as someone who does bad work. I think it’s sad that we allow ourselves to sit in this mediocre middle.
So how does this relate to a Personal Finance Blog?
Very simply and on a few fronts; many personal finance bloggers are very frugal and want to make sure that they get their money’s worth for every dollar they spend. This is quality; they demand that quality, as producers of content for this blog I want to make sure that I produce quality, I take pride in what I write or I wouldn’t delete a post. I’m still learning and growing in my writing and my knowledge so it doesn’t mean that I’m right or it’s high quality compared to experts (yet) but I strive for what I believe is quality and something I take pride in.
The second aspect where quality relates to personal finance is that it will be recognized and your value will go up. If you continuously produce high quality work you’re proud of financial compensation is likely to come. People don’t want to loose their star performers. It doesn’t always happen and some of the people reading this site will have ogres instead of bosses; but instilling that level of quality into everything you do will be recognized.
[tags]quality, pride, personal finance[/tags]