Last night I was driving home and a wrong turn here and there and my car got stuck in the mud (literally).
Before I could even get out to assess the situation, however, a Capital Police car drove up, stopped, and the officer pushed and huffed and puffed to help me get out, at the expense of his clothes getting full of mud as well.
This is very impressive, and quite contrary to what a person would have expected a couple of years ago when the police stopped with your car offroad and in the mud. So Kudos to them.
It made me wonder though, why did this man cheerfully choose to help me or do his duty with so much interest? Generally, what makes fantastic teams that you can depend on?
Its not just people who are interested in the specific tasks at hand, but people that are passionate about what their profession stands for.
For the police, great team members are not those who get excited about getting mud on their clothes, or about the hope of getting a good monetary tip or payoff because of their efforts, but rather people who LOVE helping other people out.
In a similar way, If the profession means innovation, then almost everyone who believes in that will bring passion into whatever tasks and challenges he may be faced with. The people who are excited about some sort of monetary bonus or high salary as the basic intention for doing a good job will most likely never do that good job.
This is one of the things that keeps many of our grads from excelling — the fact that a lot of the graduating students are so focused only on the fact that good paying jobs exist in their chosen field and that that is the end-goal they seek. Since they are not trying to be passionate about something first, and then seeking appropriate returns, this makes them less prone to being successful.
Simple lesson, but it had to be told.