For those who watch sports, we almost universally admire the “high-motor” players. It might be fans, announcers, teammates, but whoever it is, we love players who give an incredible effort on every single play. In baseball, it is the player who sprints to first base even on a pop-up with a 99 percent chance of being out. In American football, it is the player who runs 90 yards to tackle someone who just intercepted a pass before they score a touchdown even if the team is down by 35 points (who can forget Don Beebe in the Super Bowl for the Bills). In basketball, it is the relatively small player who gets more rebounds than the 7-footer because they want it more.
In this post, I want to raise the question: Are you a high-motor worker? If they did live commentary on the tech industry, would the announcers talk about your intangibles? I often write about how to lead or build a team, but today I want you to focus on you.
There are two questions:
- Are you a high-motor worker?
- Do you want to be? As with most of my posts, there is not a right or wrong approach. You can be a great leader or employee without being high motor; there are only a few in every sport. There is nothing wrong with not being one of them, as it depends on your priorities or needs.
The goal of this post is not to be critical of people or behaviors, but to help make you more self-aware so you can be the person you want to be.
Go hard on every play
There are two elements to being high motor. The first is going hard on every project, even when it seemingly does not matter. In a business setting, it is often referred to when people are acting with a sense of urgency. Continue reading “Are you a high-motor worker?”