You have a choice about how you look at your job. You can dread each day, count the seconds until you finish for the day, tell yourself over and over about how boring your job is, whine and wish you were in another job. Or you can accept it for what it is and make the best of it. You can smile, be enthusiastic, and have a positive mental attitude. You can look for ways to make it more interesting and challenge yourself to make it better. You are going to be at work for the same number of hours, whichever way you choose.
Some of you may be thinking “What do you know about my job?” This says that what I am sharing does not apply to them. If that is your thoughts then let me remind you again you have the choice to make the best of the situation or not.
Let me share a story about two bricklayers that a reporter interviewed one day. the reporter asked the first man how he spent his day? He responded in a very aggressive and angry tone,
“I spend hours in the cold rain, picking up these stupid bricks and piling them on top of one another. Get out of my face.”
The reporter went to another bricklayer and asked him the same question.
This man’s response was the complete opposite of the first man. He said in a polite, enthusiastic, and in a grateful tone
“I take these simple bricks and turn them into beautiful structures. Without me, there would be no buildings and no economy”.
The lesson to be learnt here is both men are right, depending on which way you look at it.
I’ve met bus boys who told me that their job is not to collect dirty dishes but to see how well they can prepare a table to give the best service to the restaurant's customers. There are people who sell popcorn and hot dogs and they entertain their customers just as much as a pro. baseball and football player, they are always smiling, serving with an uplifting attitude. These are the people who seem to enjoy their work the most. They have a lighthearted and relaxing attitude towards themselves and contagious and inspiring attitude to others.
Everyone loves to be around these people, customers, co-workers, and even managers. They use the time to the maximum using lunch and breaks to study, to learn new things to talk about their dreams and how they are going to achieve them. They have a “Can Do” mindset. They never feel victimized, When they don’t know something or can’t do something they go and seek advice from experts, and the are willing to learn and listen to those who know how the job should be done. They accept the job for what it is, and the get on with making the best of it. If you are thinking you are in a job you hate, give it some more thought from a different perspective. When you make the best of it, things will turn around and almost anything is possible. See how creative you can be today. Until next time I wish you peace, love and success.
Martin Acton sensei