- Talking to someone about the weather
- Hitting reply all in an email to cover your arse
- Telling a customer: "that's not my department"
- Forgetting the name of the person you've just met
- Attending a meeting that provides no value just to be polite
You don't get what you want in life you get who you are. And who you are is a product of the decisions you make, the actions you take and the outcomes you serve.
When you choose to not do the best work you are capable of it's hard for other people to take you seriously, because they can see you have settled. Settled for what is easy or convenient or passable. The problem of course is people rarely tell you the work is not up to scratch or worthy of their attention. They just stop seeking you out as a person who can deliver something of value.
If your strategy in life is to get by doing the minimum then you are destined to fail.