We hear a lot about hard work these days. How if we work hard we should be able to make a living. Or that something is wrong with the “system” if we don’t.
I agree with the idea of hard work, but think we need to define it a bit:
• Some hard work is physical, some mental; both can be hard
• Often the hardest work is finding a job
• Sometimes it means going the extra mile with unpaid time
• It may be hard to serve a tough supervisor
• It includes doing some things we don’t like
• The endgame is to make a living, it’s harder if we forget that
But hard work is not the only key to success. There is much more to making a living:
• Networking to help others and oneself is key to getting a job. That is not new, many job opportunities have come from word of mouth for years
• Getting an education in a field that has job opportunities can be less fun than studying what we like. One can always pursue avocations too
• Being aware of the environment; markets, other companies and awareness of our transferrable skills. Be aware of opportunities and consider them carefully.
• Employers look for results too! Willingness to jump in and solve problems takes you a long way
• “Seeing” work! See what needs to be done and do it, even if it’s “not my job”
• Be willing to compete with others while still encouraging them; earn promotions!
• Demonstrating a positive, happy attitude impresses bosses
• Our purpose is to sell our service to an employer/customer; it’s not about me!
• We may not like our work, but showing that will keep us back
• Sometimes things aren’t fair! Pouting will only hurt us
• We need to build relationships with our co-workers; we are a team
• There are thousands of jobs out there; how can anyone know what is their dream job without trying some?
These are just a few observations I have. I would welcome any comments from readers that will further define what it takes to make a living. It may help someone who stumbles across this post!