John drags himself to work each day … he “isn’t challenged”, “doesn’t like his boss”, spends as much of each day checking out the news, sports updates, plans for a next vacation … anything but work. He has a sign in his cubicle that says, “Hard work never hurt anyone … but why take a chance!”
Mary puts on a brave face to her bosses, but complains to her friends and family about the co-workers, her job, her commute, her uncomfortable chair and the fact that John makes more money than her … even though he doesn’t have seniority.
Bill gets in to work 15 minutes earlier than he needs to, and leaves a little later than he needs to as well. He knows if he need some time off his boss will cut him some slack, trusting he’ll make it up. His job can be a little boring sometimes, but he challenges himself to learn something new each week and tries to get involved in other projects when it makes sense. He is on the social committee and has a secret plan to make everyone in his area smile at least once every day!
Jen is a serious athlete, she puts in extra hours in her job so that her boss will be flexible in accommodating her training schedule. Her life is the triathlon, and the serious training that goes with it. She appreciates that it her job that allows her to pursue her passion and so she tries to demonstrate her appreciation through the quality of her work and her attitude.
We all meet John, Mary, Bill and Jen (and people just like them) in the course of our work life.
Personally I try to avoid John and Mary … they drag me down. They are a negative influence on everyone in their lives, and they are never really happy! Jen and Bill on the other hand bring a positive spin to life and energise those around them … consequently they are content in their lives. I want to hang out with Jen and Bill!
Do you find that strange? The people avoiding work, doing the bare minimum to get by are also the unhappy ones … look around, maybe even look in the mirror, and you will see it!
I could probably write a book about this stuff … but in a very few words:
- YOU decide whether you are a positive person or a negative person.;
- It is not the people around you;
- It is not your job;
- It is not your set of circumstances;
- It is ALL YOU!!!
- It is an incredibly POWERFUL thing … yet so many people CHOOSE to be miserable.
Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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