Almost everyone wants to make a lasting impression in one way or another. That impression may be made in another person’s life, through the work one does, or through the legacy one leaves. However, the greatest work is the work that a person does not see the end of. This type of work is always being worked on and improved. It continually helps others and allows them to succeed well beyond expectations.
Let’s say that you are starting or leading a club. You want to lead this club to be best that it can be. You work hard to accomplish this goal but there are two ways you accomplishing this goal can work out. The first way is exactly what you wanted to happen. The club is great under your management; it gets new members, it raises more money than ever before, more people are interested in it, and the club has reached a level of success not previously seen. This is a great thing to accomplish but think about this, were those years the best years ever? I got this idea from a leadership conference I attended last weekend. The keynote speaker, Justin Jones-Fosu, told us to try to make it the best year so far. If you make it the best year ever, no subsequent year can be better. This is the second way you can accomplish you goals: make it the best year so far.
To make it the best year so far, you have to do great work. You not only need to accomplish the goals you want to but along the way you have to help develop the people around you. You have to make each and every person around you a better person and try to enhance their skills. By doing this you are empowering others and helping yourself out. If the people around you are continually improving that will allow your club to improve and make it easier to achieve the goals you set. Additionally, this will set the club up for success when you are gone. The club will not crumble once your leadership is gone because the other members will have empowerment that you left them.
Although using the idea of a club to express this idea makes it easy to see, it does not have to be a club and you do not need to be in a leadership position to do great work. You can empower everyone around you and try to make them the best them they can be. The better they become the better you will become. This is why doing great work should not be measured by the accomplishments you achieved but by the way you achieved them and the accomplishments of the people you influenced. You should never see the best of your work because it should never stop. The people you work with should always be in a position to continue your work and continue improving upon it. You should always leave people with the ability to improve and set them up for success; that is the greatest work.
I am going to start measuring the work I do differently, how are you measuring your work?