What Does it Mean to “Be Scrappy?”

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There are many things that contribute to a company’s culture, attitude, and success. Here at Direct Capital, we have a number of core values that we not only created as a company, but also live out passionately every day at work.

One of my favorite core values, “Be Scrappy,” is a characteristic that helps define the workplace and drives people to be successful.

We asked one of our employees, Cheryl, what being scrappy meant to her. She was voted by her colleagues as someone who truly embodied this core value.

“To “Be Scrappy” means to “Be Edgy,”” Cheryl said. “To achieve the result even when it may seem impossible and to be committed beyond reason to get the job done.  Being Scrappy also means that you don’t rely on a title to be a leader.”

So, now that you know the meaning of what it means to be scrappy, what are some ways being scrappy can help in the workplace?

  1. You ask for what you need

Being scrappy means you have a goal in mind and are willing to think outside of the box to get to that goal. You won’t waste time NOT asking for help and find that doors will open to you.

  1. Who needs a roadmap?

This isn’t to say that planning isn’t necessary – on the contrary! Being scrappy means you often have a couple plans in place because you realize that sometimes even the best-laid plans fall through. Being scrappy means having another plan on the ready.

  1. Hustle, hustle, hustle

When was the last time you had to take a deep breath, and find the inner drive to succeed even if it pushed you out of your comfort zone? Accomplishing tasks that no one else can, makes you a valuable member of the team and improves the company culture.

So go out there and be scrappy. Take some calculated and healthy risks, and you’ll be surprised at what you can do!