By Ben Drake
In the vast majority of cases, your quality doesn’t matter. Yup, that’s right. Why? Because no one cares about the quality of your work; people care about the quality of their own work.This does not apply to the unconditional love given by your mother and a few close friends if you’re lucky. But it rings true in almost every other case: for countries, companies, products and even yourself. It doesn’t matter how well-written your blog is, how visually appealing your website is or how well you spoke during an address to the nation.What matters to others users, clients, citizens, friends, families, employees is their quality. If what you do doesn’t make them better at what they do, you’re useless to them. This is extremely important to understand in the professional world. If you can’t provide value, they’ll forget your name 30 minutes after they meet you.
Even though your quality doesn’t matter, keep striving for it
This is a tough pill to swallow. But does it mean we stop striving for outstanding quality in our products, relationships, governments, friendships and organizations? Absolutely not.Striving to improve as an individual will help you provide value to your friends, family and work. Striving for unblemished products will aid in providing value for others, but only if the product itself is valuable. Crap products don’t to provide value for anyone.There’s no denying the connection between focusing on quality and creating value for others. But the correlation between the two does not equal causation. Well-written fluff is still fluff. It doesn’t matter if you have the etiquette of a Victorian duchess if you can’t get the job done.