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How to Be The Best Employee In the World

Don't do it to get approval and praise from your boss or colleagues. Don't do it for a raise. Don't even do it so you can say you're "best employee in the world."

Joel Bein
Joel Bein

To be the best employee in the world, stop being an employee at all.

Be an artist.

Create above and beyond. Find extra problems to solve. Make people's lives easier. Build new projects without permission.

Now of course, you can't go the extra mile without going the essential mile. Be rock solid on your basic job responsibilities. And:

-Communicate consistently and reliably
-Over-promise, under-deliver
-Be self-managing rather than waiting for directions

But once you do the 100% of your main job, then go for 110% or 150%.

Don't do it to get approval and praise from your boss or colleagues. Don't do it for a raise. Don't even do it so you can say you're "best employee in the world."

Do it all because it's a blast. It's fulfilling, enlivening, thrilling, empowering.

Be an artist because you want to.

“Transferring your passion to your job is far easier than finding a job that happens to match your passion.”

― Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

Be the Best Employee - Find Missions That Matter

To fuel your motivation even more, go work for a company that lights you up.

Not sure what lights you up? That's okay. Just start following your curiosity. Experiment and tinker, like a little kid would.

That curiosity can emerge, and become a mission statement.

When you have your own mission statement, you can pitch companies that are doing similar work.

But....can I be the best employee if I hate my job?

But what if you're at a job right now, but it's sucking your soul?

Then it's simple. You have 2 choices:

1) Quit. Exit.
2) Go 110% all-in.

Quitting is always an option. Don't do stuff you hate. It could spark transformation for your life and career.

But if you don't quit, then don't complain.

Instead, be the ultimate employee even for the seemingly crappy job.

Show up early.
Build extra projects, e.g. start a blog for the company.
Proactively send thank you notes to your clients and colleagues.
Clean the Google Drive. Clean the toilets.

Even if you hate your job, you could work with purpose towards your dream job. Because giving 110% is first and foremost about becoming the type of person who goes 110%.


You can be grateful for the job you hate. It gives you a paycheck. That job is your first investor for your dreams.

Then, as you build this mindset, it'll bleed into your spare time, and you can work your way into a stellar professional opportunity.

Learn By Doing

Great employees learn as they go. They don't reject a project because they haven't been trained on it.

They train themselves.
They self-direct their learning.

They take courses (like on Skillshare or Udemy).
They learn out loud.

The best employee preservers.

They're not afraid to ask questions of their teammates, but only necessary ones. First, they ask, "how could I figure this out?"

Learn by doing.

"Everything is figure-out-able."
— Marie Forleo

One More Thing

There's more to say on this topic of How to Be the Best Employee in the World thing.

But before I finish this article, I'm not going to get stuck in being perfectly thorough.

I'm going to have a bias toward finishing.

Be like that.

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Joel Bein

Joel Bein is Chief of Content and Coaching at Career Hackers and passionate about personal growth and self-driven learning. As a trained musician, he is Founder of the New Orleans Chamber Players.