Have you ever seen that show on the Discovery Channel called “Dirty Jobs?” The host, Mike Rowe, would tag along for a day as an assistant doing jobs that most people would find dirty, disgusting, or difficult. One of the first episodes I remember watching featured a septic tank cleaner and a fisherman that fished for catfish with his bar hands (noodling is what I think it’s called).
Rowe recently mentioned that most of the people he featured on Dirty Jobs were millionaires. That’s right! These were people doing jobs that most people would never do and making tons of money doing it. How is this possible? They worked their butts off. If you do the same, can you start making more money? I say yes.
Now, this doesn’t mean you need to go out and find the dirtiest job in existence to start raking in the dough. But, you can start look at what qualities make these “dirty job” professionals successful and apply them to your own job…
Out work everyone. Get to work early, stay late, and volunteer for any “dirty” task that no one else wants to do.
Say yes. Don’t say no to an assignment just because it sounds hard. Accept it as a challenge and do you best to exceed all expectations. If you don’t know how to do something, find someone who does know and ask if you can shadow them until you learn for yourself.
Enjoy your job. It seems like most of the folks that Mike Rowe came across found some way to love what they do. If a guy can love cleaning septic tanks, you can certainly love your own job just as much, if not more.
Be grateful for the job you have. So what if you’re not working for one of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For. Take matters into your own hands and do what you can to make your company a great place to work. Start laying the groundwork for a great culture. Recognize your coworkers who work hard and enjoy what they do. Become a mentor and a role model that others can learn from and look up to.
Do something else. If all else fails, and you feel like this isn’t the job for you or your hard work seems to go unnoticed, find something else. Or better yet, start your own business. But, don’t jump ship until you’ve actually landed that other job.