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  • T. Noah

Become the Hardest Worker in the Room.

The quote, “Be humble, be hungry, and always be the hardest worker in the room”, is attributed to Dwayne Johnson. Who knows if it really is an original quote of his, but the thing I do know is, it IS true.

I talk with job seekers every day that have little, or no experience in the field to which they are applying, but they expect c-suite salaries. When identifying a career that you desire, it is imperative you do your homework to learn what is expected in terms of education, licensure, experience, and average salary. You can then evaluate what existing level of expertise you have and know if you should apply for entry level positions, to gain experience, or higher-level positions, because you bring existing value to the table.

Once you do the homework and figure out your direction, what’s next? Discover your “why” for wanting to work in the given career, evaluate your prior experience for transferable skills, write a clean resume, and search for open positions at the appropriate level. By laying the groundwork, as outlined, you are beginning to be the hardest worker in the room. Interviewers appreciate candidates who have appropriate expectations, demonstrate awareness of what they have to offer an employer, and act with professionalism.

Once you land the interview for the career you desire, research all you can about the company, and gain an understanding of the company culture. Develop well thought out questions about the organization to ask the interviewer. Well thought out questions, are the ones that can’t be answered by reading the company website. During the interview, also be prepared to share your qualities and goals that align with the company’s culture. You are now the hardest working candidate for the job.

Woohoo you landed that job!! Now it is time to become the hardest worker in the room!

I spend a lot of time in the gym with people of all fitness levels. Some are socializers, some are New Year’s resolutionist (yeah that’s a made-up word), some are trying, some are doing, some are struggling. However, those that have achieved fitness success have something all the others don’t. They are willing to work when others won’t. They show up every day even when they don’t feel like it. They challenge themselves with technique and weight progression. Some come in early…. some come in late…they study their craft…they encourage other people…they understand that what they do outside the gym, is just as important as what they do inside. They surround themselves with other hard workers and encouragers.

But the real key to their success is….they are CONSISTENT.

So, if you want to be the hardest working person in the room here’s how you do it:

  1. Show up…even when you don’t feel like it. (please stay home if you have the flu!)

  2. Learn all you can every single day. (Steven Covey calls this Sharpening the Saw)

  3. Challenge yourself and others.

  4. Do the jobs that others aren’t willing to do.

  5. Be encouraging to your team.

  6. Know that how you conduct yourself away from work matters.


Now you’re the hardest worker in the room and success will follow.

Build your dreams,



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