Have you ever worked like CRAZY to get a project at work done early and perfectly . . . and not gotten anything more than a "Hey, thanks" from your boss?
A new study out of the University of California, San Diego and the University of Chicago found there's really NO NEED to be exceptional at your job . . . no one will really care or notice.
But it's REALLY bad to be BAD at your job . . . like turning something in after a deadline. People WILL notice that.
In other words, if you work like a lunatic and always turn in amazing stuff early, it won't really help out your career that much . . . but if you miss a deadline, it will absolutely derail your career.
Here's an analogy: Think about taking a flight. If you land early, you'll be sort of happy. But if the flight is delayed, you'll be FURIOUS.
The researchers say you just need to deliver exactly what you promise, and deliver it on time . . . going above and beyond won't really help you, and falling short will really hurt you.