I was thinking about this earlier today: to all appearances, I’m a company man. I’ve moved up in the company, though not quickly; I get frustrated by people who don’t work very hard; I generally try and do things the right way, and get annoyed by people who cut corners; and I feel genuinely good about myself when I feel like I’ve gotten a lot of work done.
But I still don’t think I would consider myself a company dude. There’s really only one reason for this and it’s that I generally don’t care about most of the things the company states as it’s beliefs, which would be central to being one. I’ve found that this isn’t an unpopular opinion amongst people in my position. It seems to me that for the most part, people who do what I do just want to be the best at what they do. It’s got nothing to do with the company they work for, and all to do with an internal set of standards they work to achieve.
Beyond that, what I’ve come to really value in myself is hard work. My dad always told me, “you don’t have to be proud of the job you have, but you should always be proud of the work you do.” I don’t know that I could say it better, so I won’t try. He followed that up with, “I don’t care if you shovel shit for a living; you be the best damn shit-shoveler there is.”