There’s one thing that I always take from meetings with my boss is that he always gives us lectures on how to be the best at what we do, no matter what we do. What does he mean by that? Let’s say you’re stuck with a job in the mailroom doing nothing but putting letters into the right slots day in and day out with no challenges and no excitements. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself, why don’t you be proud of it? be proud of what you do. Even if it’s the smallest thing, think of it as your way of contributing to society.
This doesn’t only apply to your careers but to your personal lives as well. However, since we are talking about careers I want to share a little story about my trip to Japan this past summer. If there’s one thing the Japanese take pride in and that’s their jobs, I have never seen a gas attendant so eager to service you that they would run to your car to refuel and then clean every inch of your car with so much care as if it was their car. This just goes to show you that no job is a small job in Japan, and maybe you can take a lesson from this and think “hey maybe my job isn’t so bad after all.” To top it all off, workers in Japan would rather work late than being home with their love ones, but why? It shows how dedicated they are to their co-workers and most importantly, their boss. Therefore, when they really have to go home on time, they would have to apologize their co-workers for leaving before them plus acknowledging their continued hard work. When’s the last time you did that huh?
My point is this, no matter how hard your job is, how stressful it is, how your boss treats you, and how much you hate that co-worker of yours. At the end of the day, it is still your job and not a lot of people out there have jobs right now. Take pride in it. OWN IT. No matter how big or small the job is, as long as you put your best effort into it, you’re making a great difference. Who knows, you might even get a promotion tomorrow for your hard work?
Here are some advice to live by.
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.
Hmm, wonder who said that. RIP Mr. Jobs
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