“I was in my twenties before I truly understood what it meant to bust my (explicative deleted) and be proud of my work that I was doing, and finish what I started,” says Adam Savage. His key to getting a better job is, “be employable, find a job and get noticed.” See the video or read the following to see how to get noticed.
First: Work hard
Adam Savage says, "Working hard does not mean working the fastest… it does mean being attentive and ready. But being fastest does not gain you anything. If rushing is your only goal, by simply rushing, it leads to mistakes. And mistakes slow you down far more than by working slower."
Is it more important to work hard or to be brilliant? Adam says to work hard. If you are marginally committed to outstanding job performance, "it makes no difference how smart you are, no one will notice.”
Next: Be proud of your work
Take responsibility and own up for your mistakes. Savage says, “Buck passers are lazy thinkers. Take the blame and move on. Its not that important."
Communicate with your supervisor. Let them know, especially if your work is going in a direction that they might not have expected.” Savage says, “Let them know, if the threads on the hose are not going to match the threads on that pipe. If you are wrong it only wasted 30 seconds of their time. If you are right and say nothing, you have just wasted hours and maybe days of everyone’s time. If you are right, they will remember that.”
Communicate with others, Adam says. “Let others know what you are working with. Are they waiting on your parts? How long will wait? Can you save time by taking one of your collaborator’s tasks and weaving it into your production? You will never know unless you discuss it.”
Finally: Finish your work
Be present, focus and the crushingly boring stuff—earn your right to do the fun stuff by doing the boring stuff,” says Savage.
Working hard means finishing your work. Savage says, “Your goal should not be just to do the thing that is in front of you 50 times. It means finishing all fifty. You have no idea how rare the employee is that can take a simple task and deliver it complete a couple of hours later.”
Adam Savage is a successful role model
You may have seen Adam Savage hosting the Discovery Channel series, MythBusters. You may have seen his models work in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones or The Matrix Reloaded. He is an industrial designer, special effects designer/fabricator, inventor, actor and educator.