A worker generates an output by the action that she puts in. ‘Worker’ jobs are the most common kind of job available to you today. You might spend your day coding, or working on a factory floor, or architecting buildings. In any of these jobs, you can fall into worker mode.
Putting in energy to work to create an output is an essential skill. Some people are extremely good at putting in an afternoon of work, and having a deck as a result. For other people, it would take a month to do the same amount of work. For a second group of people creating a business plan or implementing a new system is a cinch. Some of the deck-builders wouldn’t even know where to start thinking about a new business model.
Being a worker means that you can take what you have before you and transform it into something better. As a worker, your job is to make something more valuable because of the work that you have done. Flour, sugar, and other baking ingredients are valuable, but a donut is even more valuable to us after a worker puts their time into creating more value.
Each of us needs to embrace our worker mode. We must use the raw ingredients around us; whether it is ingredients for donuts, wood for a deck, or a design spec for a new software application. We can combine these components together to create something new, something that has more value than the individual pieces. As a worker, your experience and skill are what is going to create additional value. Companies hire thousands of workers to take raw materials and transform them into something that adds value. A worker focuses on the value that they are creating; they focus on the end-customer.
It doesn’t matter what role you have in a company. If you are an entrepreneur, the property clerk, or the CEO, you have a worker role in your organization. Take the materials that you are given and give the world something more valuable from them.