Ahoy, matey! Happy “Talk Like a Pirate Day!” This auspicious day got me thinking about what pirate jobs would actually have been like.
Pirates don’t have a reputation for being the most honest characters. However, they had a few redeeming qualities that people can adopt to become more productive and successful workers.
1. Pirates were willing to work hard for their fortune. Sailing a ship is no easy task. It takes a special kind of dedication to do physical labor every day for months on the water, handling heavy sails, manning pumps and swabbing the decks. As May Smith once said, “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” To become successful, you need to put in the time and effort to not only get things done, but to do them well. All of those long hours you spend working in the office will someday pay off.
2. Pirates were goal oriented. Pirates didn’t just sail around getting in sword fights and drinking lots of rum. They were always on a mission—to find their treasure. Whether it be from years of following X’s on maps, stealing ships or pillaging villages, they were after the gold and did whatever it took to get it. While at work, set goals for yourself in a given time frame, such as finishing a big project by the end of the week or retiring by the time you’re 35. By constructing goals and working towards them, you actively shape your own future.
3. Pirates were team players all the way. The captain of a ship is nothing without a crew. Pirates realized that there is strength in numbers, and though they were all hungry for treasure, they worked together to achieve their goal of finding riches. To improve the teamwork and synergy at your own place of work, keep divisions of responsibility clear and communication strong. Cooperate with and respect one another to work together to achieve your shared vision.
Now get back to work, or I’ll make yeh walk the plank!