I say that a lot, “take pride & strive”. What I mean by this is always take pride in what you are doing/creating professionally and strive to be the best you can be. I bring this attitude to every job I do, always trying to create the best I can with what I have to work with. It doesn’t matter what job you do, you can always be the best it if you choose. You can dig ditches for a living and I know there is someone that is an “expert” at digging ditches. Someone that takes pride in their job and has the process streamlined so that they are the most efficient, most productive ditch diggers in the World. When you take pride in your work and you strive to be the best at it you will be known for that work ethic as well as the quality of your product you are delivering. You can tell the difference between people that are just working for the paycheck and those that take pride and love what they do and for the most part the latter seem much happier with their jobs/careers/life. Will there be good days and bad days? Of course, but even when you have a bad at work or you feel that you could have done better those that know your professionalism will look at your overall track record in the industry.
Everyone of us can take a step back and ask ourselves “what can I do to be the best at this?” Sometimes the first step is asking this very question.