PUT IN YOUR BEST ALL THE TIME
By Akin Ojumu
Working in a high-pressure and high-visibility environment such as mine, among Type A personalities whose intelligence quotient is off the chart, it is tempting to want to artificially draw attention to oneself in order to get the recognition that one believes he deserves. In fact, I have seen people engage in all sorts of drama and showboating just to shine the light on themselves, thinking it is the only way to get ahead in their career.
Fortunately – or unfortunately – for me, that completely goes against the grain of the type of person I am. As an attention-shy individual – who’s borderline introverted – my comfort zone is behind the scenes, well beyond the limit of the rays of the limelight. I'm not built for vainglory and amour propre is not my strong suit.
What I try to do, however, in my own little corner away from the klieg light, is to make sure I put in my shift. Doing the barest minimum is not my thing. In all I do, professionally or otherwise, I go above and beyond the call of duty and never ever allow mediocrity to creep into my work. I do my very best and leave God to do rest.
This modus operandi has never failed me once and this award – which came totally unexpected, to be honest – is proof of that. You don't have to seek honor to be honored. Let your work speak for you. God always rewards those who are diligent in their work.
Beyond the paper recognition though, I hope the award comes with lots of Benjamins as well. Boy, I could really use some increase in wages at this crucial moment in time.