Fast forward to today, I would still give it a 7- 7.5. How would u grade your job?
In my job, or perhaps in many jobs, passion is important. I remember a trainer telling me his secret to keeping his passion alive. I thought I share his view and my own, since we spend so much time on work, and if we treat work as a blessing, time flies and escapade become less necessary.
1) Mutiple sources of passion
We all have something that we like about our job. Some specific part of our job, no matter how small that it, work hard and give your best on that, it will automatically recharges. It holds true for me too.
As for areas, where u do not really like, think of the whole purpose and greater " calling " of the job, and Infuse those into the uninteresting part.
Third, bring your interest and hobby into your job. Work and pleasure mix well, since we work long hours and should derive pleasure from our job.
2) Applying the third source of passion
I like investing. I have no idea how to infuse that in my job which is vastly different.
So, my take for this will be, just be yourself. In my line of work, I do not really have to put on 3 layers of armor. Of course, only stupid or courageous people appear naked in front of others all the time, but u dun have to be inside an amour vechicle all the time.
Be nice to people, and build relationship. The higher you climb, the more difficult it is, but be nice and sincere. People will see it soon. People relations is the core reason or top reason, I heard from my higher boss, why people leave our industry.
3) Cut yourself some slack.
We all want to be the golden boy of the company, the favorite of our bosses, the idol of our subordinates.
We should strive for that, and give all that we have got. But there is no need to get all ga- ga when things dun turn out too well. In my line of work, I always have second chance, and if my "sales" is not good, we can always try again.
4) Set your priority
Is climbing the Coporate leader or getting that pay raise or performance bonus your top priority? I like to have them and will work hard to get them. But my priority is still my customers and my interaction with them.
Being a perfectionist is the fastest way to burn out, and be overwhelmed with the things that deplete our passion.
5) Embrace changes
Changes are uncomfortable, but if nothing changes, it is boring. Think of new ways to pitch, to plan... And went things go wrong, apply rule 3. Be sad, and demoralized but get on with work the next day.
Find the next connecting point between you and your customer. Enjoy the Eureka moment.
6) Low points are inevitable
Low points can be push forces that tell you it's time to apply point 5. But don't think or start to question yourself like you married the wrong wife and has 2 children and can't wait to get a divorce, but felt so helpless. It will come and go. At the low points, just look forward to the end of day. At the lowest point, there is no point looking far anymore because your view is obstructed by the mountain in front of you. Just focus on surviving and look forward to the night's sleep.
If the low point doesn't go away, apply point 5. The longest period I had is about 2 months which I hate going to work. But had I allow the 2 months to decide my future, I wouldn't enjoy my years of 7/10 satisfaction in my job.
7) Let go
When you are not afraid to change your job, you will realise how much you like your job truly. You can then better reframe your mind that your job is a painful blessing.
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