No matter what position you’re in, whether it’s janitor or CEO, a huge part of your day is spent doing “small work”. This includes the clerical stuff, the scheduling, the filing, the organizing, and all the other things that just needs to get done in order for your business to function.
For most people, it’s hard to find time to do the big work. The kind of work that improves things and makes a difference. There’s too much small work to be done, and it’s so easy, and tempting, to fill up our days that way.
Even if you were hired precisely to do the big work, you likely spend only a tiny portion on it. If you only hope to one day do the big work, you may not spend any of your day on it.
That’s problematic for both of you. If you were hired to do a job you’re not doing, you won’t last long. If all you do is dream about the job you want to be doing, you’ll never get there.
The good news is you don’t need anyone’s permission to do to big work. It’s always there, and since it’s usually hard and scary (since you often don’t even know where to start and the chance of failure is high), there’s usually not a lot of competition. After all, it’s hard and scary, so most people never even try. Just by showing up, by sitting down and trying to do big work, you’ll be way ahead of 98% of people.