I think a lot. Sometimes I come up with good ideas, other times they fail me, but I keep on and write about some of them.
Lately I have been interested in the pursuit of happiness as allowed in the Declaration of Independence. I really like that concept and also believe that it is a pursuit, not an endpoint. So I conclude that we need to work at it.
Lately I have read about many people being dissatisfied with their jobs. It seems rather strange to me given the high unemployment rate that we have in the country as well as the notion that so many are unhappy. I have been happy in almost every job I have had, except one. I was laid off in my first job for lack of business and was picked to go in the second round for lack of skills! I eventually got a job in banking, a field that I never had any interest in at all, but I had a young family to support so gladly took it. I was determined to never get laid off again so changed my attitude from “what can my employer teach me?” to what can I do for my employer that will make the bank more successful. I think that attitude is the basis for the ensuing success I have had since then.
So, if you don’t like your job or employer I have some concepts for you to consider in evaluating your position. I am not picking on anyone with these questions, I just have come to believe that some of the problem is our own attitudes.
Here are some things you may wish to consider.
- Your job isn’t about your self fulfillment
- It is about serving someone else
- It is about serving your customer
- It isn’t your employer’s job to keep you happy
- It is about making a living
- There are jobs out there that will provide you means to make a living if you don’t just focus on what you want to do
- You just don’t like the idea of work
- One of the millions of out of work people out there would love to trade places with you
- Your boss isn’t the jerk you think
- You would be happier if someone took care of you
As I said, please don’t take any offense to any of these ideas. They are intended to just make you think.
Maybe you would like your job more if you approached it differently?