Building a strong work ethic

Chomwa Shikati
Feb 6, 2018 · 5 min read

If you wish to have more opportunities, a bigger and rich network, and aspire to have a dominant presence in your industry it is essential that you have a good ‘strong work ethic’.

Essentially, a strong work ethic is capable of taking you from the bottom all the way to the top. Work ethic is what makes humble beginnings become great.

What is work ethic?

The level of respect you show your co-workers and people you come into contact with at work, and how you communicate and interact with them, also defines your work ethic.

In order to have a strong ethic, you must commit yourself to honesty, integrity and accountability. These are just a few characteristics of work ethic that tell others they can count on you to perform consistently and at a high standard regardless of the situation.

You may be wondering what the importance of having a strong work ethic is.

It is part of who you are, and there is no doubt that a huge part of how people will view and know you will come from what they perceive to be your work ethic.

Your work ethic, if you do develop a strong good one, will show the strength of your character and present you as an all-around positive person. In the workplace or your business, this will be to your advantage. If you are looked at favorably by your co-workers and superiors, you’d have better chances at advancing your career.

A strong work ethic has certain factors that come together to build it and put in place. If you then wish to acquire a strong work ethic you should work at building these factors.

The factors that you should work on include:

Hard work

Working hard will enable you to build a product for your clients, it will make you put in a little extra at the gym and take extra steps to go the extra mile for your organization or yourself. Being dedicated to your work is what will enable you to wake up at 3 AM and work twice as hard as you have ever done before.

If hard work is at the core of your work ethic you will receive the results that you have long wished for.

Emphasis on the Quality of work

Going the extra mile each time and surpassing expectations will set you up and set you apart from everyone else for a long time. While some employees do only the barest minimum, or what is expected of them, there are those who go beyond that.

These are the ones who are prioritized and valued above the others because the employee’s commitment to quality improves the company’s overall quality.


This means you don’t let obstacles get in the way of being a professional or from delivering great service to your clients or employers.

No matter what you aspire to be, your sense of determination will likely play a big role in getting you there.


No matter how expansive your customer base becomes, if you don’t come down to earth to respect them, serve them with consistent value, remain accessible to them, listen to their queries, invent for them, then you will lose them.

A good strong work ethic has an element of humility. People willing to listen and learn and don’t put themselves above others are generally liked and preferred to people with an arrogant attitude.


Clients trust the employee’s advice. Supervisors rely on the employee’s high moral standards, trusting him not to steal from the company or create problems.

Integrity is a strong work ethic that every founder, CEO and employee should weave into his company culture. As it happens, being truthful is not just important for your personal performance and company revenue. It’s also essential for converting your one-time buyer into a loyal customer.

Final thoughts…

Your work ethic is not something that you can just declare to others that you have it, it is something that you will have to show over your life time.

And that is what most people have a hard time doing, the part where they have to execute and show it.

If you wish to build and maintain a strong work ethic it will not be a walk in the park. It takes a lot for a person to prove that he has one, but if you are committed and dedicated enough, then you will no doubt be able to convince your bosses or your customers that your work ethic is one of the things that make you a great asset to have.

What is your take on this? How did you build your work ethic? Leave a comment and share your thoughts in the section below.

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