XKCD is one of my favorite webcomics. I’ve talked about it before, but the this comic about Marie Curie made me think a more than laugh…
Yes, good stuff indeed. And a nice little punchline at the end. (Did you hover over the image for that alt text punchline? Don’t miss that one.) But there is a line here that really caught my attention and made me stop. There in the bottom left panel.
“You don’t become great by trying to be great. You become great by wanting to do something, and then doing it so hard that you become great in the process.”
If I think about the people around me who are great at something, it is not because they decided to do something great. It is usually more of a case that they do something they love, something that comes naturally, or something that has personal meaning for them.
And they do it really, really hard.
You can’t be great in HR, or any job, by going through the motions. You can’t be great as an adviser, business partner, mentor, counselor, mediator, and coach unless you do all of those things hard. People who think HR is an easy job (and I promise you, there are a lot of people who think that way) are watching someone not doing it hard enough.
How hard are you working today?