Do your job with love.
(Or at least the best that you can.)
most some of us that can be a tough order. At one point or another (or at many points or another) most of us have complained about our jobs. And often when we are unsatisfied with our jobs, we don’t do them to the fullest of our abilities and our enthusiasm.
And that’s a mistake.
Why? Because even in the most horrible job you can imagine, you have the chance to connect with people, make people smile and help them. In short you have the ability to make some kind of difference to people during the course of their day.
And I believe that simple gestures of goodwill or even a smile, are like ripples in the water of the world. The way you treat one person can affect the way they treat others they meet during the course of the day. Would you rather be the reason for frowns or for smiles?
Penelope Trunk wrote a very interesting post about making your work more meaningful. The whole post had a lot of food for thought and I especially liked her fourth point which was you need to make your work meaningful. How you do your job and how you relate to the people you come into contact with each day is what makes your life meaningful.
And it’s your choice.
You can decide to mope or frown and behave like life is unfair and you have the suckiest job in the world. Or you can choose to do your best at your job and make a difference to one person at a time.
Look at it from another point of view. Would you rather be helped in a store or office by someone with a lousy attitude or by someone who is pleasant and smiles at you? Rhetorical question duh. We want the pleasant person.
Like this guy who helped me at the amazing road runner store in Seattle.
So why do we sometimes forget that we are the ones who serve up the lousy attitude to others?
My inspiration for this post was the guy in the video below whom I spotted on the street corner of a small town in the greater Seattle area while visiting my sister. He made me smile, laugh and remember that no matter what job you have, you can do it with enthusiasm.
Fast Tube by Casper
And isn’t a job better than this situation? (Also spotted in the Seattle area.)
So how do you do your job?