There is no question that a positive “can-do” attitude is both a sales point in business when applying for a job as well as taking on tasks once on the job. Victory is often won in the mind first before the battlefield.
MasterPo totally agrees with the positive “Yes I can!” point of view. So when a hiring person asks “Can you do this-or-that work?” replying “Yes I can!” is an honest answer (presuming you do in fact have the knowledge and skills to perform the function).
Then you have to take into account all the caveats that come with it.
Can you do the work:
- Within the budget your provided?
- With the personnel assigned to your task?
- With the tools you are given and required to work with?
- Within the standards and methodologies the employer uses?
- Within the time frame the employer wants it done?
- Within the legal and regulatory frame work?
- While working on 3 or 4 other urgent projects?
In short, once you start adding in all the variables the can-do attitude quickly becomes a maybe-can-do.
That is reality. Nothing is ever cut&dry. But before agreeing to can-do be sure to take into account all these (and more) variables. It’s a great ego boost to think you can take on a tough job and be successful. Maybe you can be. But there are usually variables below the surface you may or may not be aware of at the time.
Look before you leap.