Employee = Ability = Skill = Talent = Productivity = Strength = Benefit = Asset
An obstacle is defined as “something that obstructs or hinders progress” and “an object that prevents you from moving.” (http://www.definitions.net/)
Do you love what you do? Is work fulfilling for you? Are you doing what you love? If the answer to these questions is NO, you might be an obstacle without even realizing it. Is every person in the world destined to do exactly the job they wish they could do? If that were true, we might have a lot of ROCK STARS but not too many street sweepers. (Realistically, ROCK STARS spend a lot of time on the road, going from hotel to hotel, and never have time for themselves.)
So, what is to be done if you don’t enjoy your job? From http://lifehacker.com/5936851/how-to-avoid-the-inevitable-feeling-that-your-job-sucks, Alan Henry states: “If Your Job Sucks, It Might Be Your Fault: Let’s Fix That.”
"Every day, in every moment, you get to exercise choices that will determine whether or not you will become a great person, living a great life. Greatness is not something predetermined, predestined or carved into your fate by forces beyond your control. Greatness is always in the moment of the decision." Jeff Olson
"Everyone is a house with four rooms, a physical, a mental, an emotional and a spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time, but unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person." (An Indian Proverb)
In his book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You, Cal Newport says:
DON’T DO WHAT YOU LOVE. LEARN TO LOVE WHAT YOU DO.
“If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, go out and sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures. Sweep streets like Handel and Beethoven composed music. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
An asset is defined as “a useful and desirable thing or quality.” (http://www.definitions.net/)
ADOPT A CRAFTSMAN’S MINDSET. The craftsman’s mindset acknowledges that no matter what field you’re in, success is always about quality (Cal Newport). Newport goes on to say that you have to PRACTICE HARD AND GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE and you need to ACQUIRE RARE AND VALUABLE SKILLS.
“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.” Pearl S. Buck
As Albert Einstein said, “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”
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