Why You Need to Sweat The Small Stuff

You have often heard people talk about looking at the big picture and letting the smaller elements of said picture sort themselves out. While this is a good motto for your general life in some ways, you are not exactly supposed to approach business with the same kind of casual attitude, at least if you want to be successful in the long term and ensure that you are able to maintain that success in a manner that would make you as financially stable as possible. If you want to succeed, you need to sweat the small stuff and make sure that every little aspect of your business is optimized to the point where it is the best that it can be, no matter how irrelevant it might seem to you at that point in time.

This is the philosophy that has turned Ann Miura-Ko into one of the most successful venture capitalist in the country, something that is very difficult to do because of the fact that it requires an extremely in depth understanding of the industry. Miura-Ko’s success begins to seem even more compelling when you discover that she was born into a family of immigrants. Her father was a scientist that worked at NASA, and she got a lot of her ideas regarding perfection and the attainment of the highest class of work ethic possible from him. The basic premise of her philosophy as she got it from her father was that no matter how small her task was, she needed to do it in a manner that made it seem world class.

You might think that this is easy to say for someone with a job as important as that of a venture capitalist, but the fact of the matter is that Miura-Ko did not start off at the top. Indeed, she started off as a lowly administrative assistant working for the Dean of Engineering at Yale. Her job involved rather mundane tasks such as making copies of certain documents and filing them according to her instructions. You might think that there are not that many ways to excel when the job that you have is this mundane, and initially Miura-Ko though the same as well. However, her father taught her otherwise.

Miura-Ko’s father suggested that she think of ways in which she could do her job in the best way possible, and pretty soon they started to have some pretty amazing ideas. For example, Miura-Ko began to ensure that the copies she was making were the best that they could be, until a point came where people struggled to find a difference between the original document and the copy that Miura-Ko had made.

Another of Miura-Ko’s jobs was that she had to label documents before filing them. She began to print the labels so that they looked more professional instead of just winging it the way so many assistants had done before. Even when she was sent out to do something as simple as getting donuts, Miura-Ko ensured that she did the best job possible by going to the shop where they had the very best donuts available and ensuring that the people she was working with and for only ended up getting the freshest donuts available.

The overall end goal of doing all of this was to create moments of delight for the people she was working with and for. These moments of delight stay in people’s heads and make them think of your more often, thus resulting in a higher likelihood of you getting much better jobs than would have been the case otherwise. This happened with Miura-Ko as well. After excelling at the simple tasks that she had been given for quite some time, the dean gave her a new responsibility. When the Dean’s friend, Lewis, was visiting the campus, he gave Miura-Ko the responsibility of giving him a tour of the school. True to her father’s advice, Miura-Ko gave him the best tour that anyone could have received full of in depth information and endlessly informative while also being quite entertaining at the same time. As a result of the quality of the tour that she had just given, Miura-Ko ended up establishing a fairly good impression of herself in the mind of the person that she was giving the tour to.

As a result of this, the man ended up inviting her to California so that she could have a tour of his company. As it turns out, the Lewis that she was giving a tour to was none other than Lewis Platt, the CEO of a Hewlett Packard or HP as it is now commonly known.

Miura-Ko, knowing a good opportunity when she sees one, immediately accepted the offer. Upon her return to campus, she received two pictures from Lewis. The first of these pictures was of Miura-Ko sitting on a bench next to him, and the second of these pictures was that of Bill Gates sitting in that exact same spot. This gave Miura-Ko the inspiration to dream big and see herself as someone who could be anything and anyone that she wanted, something that had a pretty profound impact on the rest of her career overall.

Ann Miura-Ko went on to become a key figure in the world of startups, and one of the most powerful women currently active in the world of tech. She has created opportunities for many people and has showed countless women that they can also dream big and create a life for themselves that is far greater than anything they could have possibly imagined before.

You might find the idea of doing your very best at everything rather daunting because of the fact that small tasks often seem insignificant. However, if you want to be able to succeed in the world you will have to put this effort in. Here are some ways in which you can be excellent at pretty much every single thing that you do.

Make It a Habit

If you try it, you are going to realize that it doesn’t matter how insignificant the task that you are attempting to accomplish is. At the end of the day you are going to end up enjoying the fact that you did the job in the best way it could have possibly been done. Not only that, you are going to end up having people think more highly of you as well.

You can think of yourself in this regard. For example, if you hire a plumber who gets the job done but takes a lot of time and doesn’t clean up after himself, are you going to hire him again? The answer is probably no, and this should tell you all that you need to know about excellence.

You need to incorporate excellence into your daily routine in a manner that would truly allow you to become as good as possible at the various tasks that you are taking part in. If you make it a habit you are going to end up being excellent naturally without having to put as much effort into it as you would have otherwise.

Provide Moments of Delight

No matter what your job is, your upward mobility is probably contingent on pleasing someone or the other. While you should definitely not be a pushover, it is also important for you to think about ways in which you can make your superiors happy and create moments of delight.

There are plenty of ways in which you can do this. For example, if you get a small and mundane task you could deliver it well before it was expected, thus freeing yourself up for more work. You are going to create a moment of delight in the mind of your boss that will make them think of you if there is ever an opportunity, thus making it a lot more likely that you would be able to get the kind of upward mobility you need in order to be as successful as possible.

You basically need to give your boss reasons to like you so that you have a higher likelihood of moving up in the world of business. These moments of joy are also going to make you well liked in your office which is definitely something that can help you make the most of the work that you are currently attempting to do.

Plan For The Best

You have probably heard people tell you quite a few times to hope for the best and plan for the worst. This is definitely a good strategy and it is going to keep you safe in a wide variety of ways, but the fact of the matter is that you also need to plan for the best if you truly want to be able to make the most of the work that you are currently doing.

What this means is that you need to plan for when good luck decides to strike. Good luck is something that you can’t exactly count on, but when it strikes you need to be ready for it so that you can take advantage of it in a manner that would allow you to be as successful as possible in pretty much every single way. A lot of people end up missing their chance simply because of the fact that they were not ready for good luck. You need to make sure that you do not end up making the same mistake and prepare for the day when good luck comes your way.

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