Sample sentence: "John was not a slacker. He was reliable and productive. Not quite an overachiever per se but rather a ____. What needed to be done, he always got done. No more and no less."
(Preferably one word noun to fill the blank).
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It only takes a minute to sign up.Sign up to join this community
How about workhorse?
A horse used for work on a farm.
1.1 A person or machine that dependably performs hard work over a long period of time.
‘the aircraft was the standard workhorse of Soviet medium-haul routes’
That would be my choice. There's also self-starter:
- A person who is sufficiently motivated or ambitious to work on their own initiative without needing direction.
‘he was the self-starter who worked his way up from messenger boy to account executive’
Hope this helps!
A go-getter is someone who is productive, active, and energetic. From the OED:
An enterprising or ambitious person; a person who is determined or likely to succeed; an achiever.
"We want to appoint young, enthusiastic and ambitious go-getters who want to grab hold of this opportunity and make the most of it."
It's a common phrase in US English, though I'm not sure how common it is in other dialects.
Of course, one man's "overachiever" is another man's "go-getter"; there's an inherently subjective judgement in deciding how productive is "overly" productive.
Trouper also works as a sort of veteran of the good and bad times.
An experienced or dependable worker or associate