The Downside of Being Competent Thought I'd share this article because it sums up why I don't work over the standard 40 hour week anymore, and because I see many business articles telling people to go above and beyond their jobs to further their careers, work more than 40 hours per week, and make themselves indispensible. While success doesn't come without effort, what these articles don't tell you is that you need to be strategic in the extra work that you take on. In short go getters are expected go above and beyond their work for no extra pay but it's less valued because people assume it's easier for them to do. Other people get paid the same to do less and fly under the radar. Go getters get blamed more for work problems because they're expected to fix everyone's problems - while everyone else complains that not enough is being done to fix their problems. On the plus side, the go-getters will move on to better things because they're proactive at finding opportunities. If you're going to be a go-getter, I'd say think carefully about what your career goals are and whether that extra piece of work you're taking on is really going to get you there or keep you down. You may get there faster if you don't have the competency trap to drag you down, as what happened to me years ago. I'm not advocating laziness, but these days the only reasons I'd work more than 40 hours is: if I ran my own business, or if there was a tangible benefit for doing so (and not just the warm fuzzy feeling of accomplishment).