Be Good at Your Job

Last week I met a friend for dinner at a restaurant that’s been in business 23 years. That is a really long time for a restaurant.  Towards the end of the dinner my friend wanted to order a sandwhich to take home to her husband.  She asked the waitress if the sandwich had bacon on it.  The waitress replied “You are asking the wrong person.” Really? You are the waitress…the person who is supposed to know the menu!! I could not believe my ears.  She hadn’t been the best waitress all evening but this really floored me.  “Who then should we ask?” I countered…and even then she did not have an answer.

I realize there are millions of people in the world right this minute stuck in a crappy job and hating it…I get that and I’ve been there.  However, if you have a job and get paid for a job…you need to be good at your job. It takes as much energy to be angry and bad at your job as it does to be happy and good at your job.  I feel that you are always ‘auditioning’ for your next great job…so it only makes sense to work hard now until your dream job comes calling.

What examples do you have of someone being bad at their job or someone being really great at their job?