You may not be ‘in love with your job’ and want to do something about it. What’s your best way out?
Answer – fall in love with your job.
The best way OUT of your job is to do the job you are currently IN to the best of your ability.
* It makes time go faster
* You gain new skills
* You may be recognized or even promoted within your current organization
You are not a tree. You can move. You can change.
Ironically, the best way to do that is to “grow where you are planted”.
If you can’t get out of it, get into it.
Go be the best version of yourself by taking action before you are ready and focusing on your progress, not perfection!
Peyton Manning earned a handsome wage playing football because he was a world-class quarterback. But he would have been a horrible nose tackle.
I have always appreciated the “strengths-based leadership” approach. When I invest time at the sweet spot of my abilities and my interests (read: my strengths), life is wonderful – even in the face of adversity (or maybe BECAUSE of adversity).
But when I ‘force’ myself to do things outside of my sweet spot, rather than allowing someone else with a passion in that area to help, my energy is diminished.
At one time Andrew Carnegie was the wealthiest man in America. He came to America from his native Scotland when he was a small boy, did a variety of odd jobs, and eventually ended up as the largest steel manufacturer in the United States. At one time he had forty-three millionaires working for him. In those days a millionaire was a rare person; conservatively speaking, a million dollars in his day would be equivalent to at least twenty million dollars today. A reporter asked Carnegie how he had hired forty-three millionaires. Carnegie responded that those men had not been millionaires when they started working for him but had become millionaires as a result.
The reporter’s next question was, “How did you develop these men to becomes so valuable to you that you have paid them this much money?” Carnegie replied that men are developed the same way gold is mined. When gold is mined, several tons of dirt must be moved to get an ounce of gold; but one doesn’t go into the mine looking for dirt – one goes in looking for the gold.
That’s exactly the way we leaders need to view those who are entrusted to our care. Don’t look for the flaws, warts, and blemishes. Look for the gold, not for the dirt; the good, not the bad. Look for the positive aspects in each person in your organization. Like everything else, the more good qualities we look for in our people, the more good qualities we are going to find, and when we put all those little talents (specks of gold) together, we will find that we have a real treasure.
How do you know when you are in your sweet spot? What do you notice about your energy, your results, your body, others, etc.?
“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling
that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way
to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way
to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard,
and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.”
What advice would you give others looking for their “personal calling”?