This was what I learned when I started my professional career, told by someone as the definition for being a professional. Though over my career I have done several things both as if life depended on it and otherwise there was a stark different on the achievements and results. Obviously when my life depended on it the results were much better
Why do you end up doing things partially or as if life does not depend on it? That is a question people often ask themselves and it is often because the urge and interest that become the life blood of an action is missing.
While there is no doubt that you should do things as if your life depended on it, there are several things that push you to feel that way. A few of them are rewards, recognition, passion, a convincible need that this is an important thing to do. While we should try to do things as our life depends on it, we should also cultivate an environment where other people can do their job as if their life depended on it.
Your success on something depends on the fact that your life depends on it