It's Labor Day here in the United States. It is a holiday where we pay tribute to the workers who, as far as I know, are all. I am romantic about work and work. Work has been one of the most important factors in my life since I was young. My relationship with work, discipline and effort has only grown stronger and what a better day than Labor Day to share 10 of my most powerful beliefs about work.
- The work is tedious or something moreWork is either painful or something much more important. It's your job or your job. The difference is in what you think of your work and how you approach it. If it's a "duty", it's hard work. If it's "going to" then it's probably something more. Since my 13th birthday, when I started my first full time job in the dishes, I never felt that the job was tedious. It was true when I put stucco on houses, worked in a warehouse or shoveled. That always seemed to me to be a contribution, and it is always the case.
- Work is your reflection: The job is a reflection of the person doing it. The result is a variable, which means that one person's job can be much better than others. If you believe that this should be avoided and decide not to do as much as is required of you, your relationship with the job will be negative, as will your results. If you believe to create, your relationship with work will be positive, as will your personal and professional results.
- No matter what it is, the job is honorable: In playing, they say that there are no small parties, but only small players. The truth about work is that something must be done and that someone must do it. That something can lead the largest company on the planet or ensure that garbage is removed from the building (which in some recent cases could include the removal of the person running the big business). All work is honorable and you should treat it as such.
- The work can be improved: Work is one of the ways of your growth. This can be improved. It can improve how you feel about yourself. You can learn new skills, including the skills needed to work with other people. Work can improve your skills, help you become something more than you are now and make yourself more useful to others.
- Work improves others: Much of the work that we are currently doing is to benefit another person or other people. The value we create is for customers and customers. In the public sector, the work benefits many stakeholder groups. I often wonder how people would feel if they knew that their work was appreciated and valued.
- No one will stop you from doing more work than necessary: I only rarely found someone who was willing to stop doing more than was planned. In my case, the people I worked with threatened with violence for working harder than they thought it was acceptable. They thought the landlord did not pay them enough to work as hard as me. This experience is the only one of its kind in my memory. Every time you want to do more than necessary, you will find that no one will stop you from doing exceptional work where others do what is required of them (or as little as they think they can get by ).
- No one should ever need to tell you what job to do: No one will ever tell you what to do. You must be proactive in your approach to work, always looking for what needs to be done and doing it before anyone can ask you. If you do not need a boss, you probably will. Call it proactive, take initiative, or hustle, you should do your job yourself.
- Responsibility brings greater responsibility: The person who decides to be responsible for some results ends up being responsible for those results. When a person entrusts a responsibility to a person, it also provides him with resources to achieve these results, namely a management role or direction. The opposite is also true; a system that avoids accountability will not receive greater responsibilities or opportunities.
- Work is part, but not all, of your identity: I am a writer. I am also a salesman, sales manager and speaker. I am also a teacher and sometimes I am a business philosopher. Because we spend a lot of time working, we identify people in part by what they do. It tells us something about them and allows us to tell them something about us, even if it is not the most important thing we can tell anyone.
- TThose who do not like work do it badly. If you do not like work, you do it badly or you do not do it. One is as likely as the other. You may be wrong in doing so and leaving your emotions (your passion) at home. Or maybe you're supposed to be somewhere else to do something different. Anyway, you can do better.
Do a good job. Tomorrow.
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