On Chapter 3 of the book entitled Onward: How Starbucks Fought for its life without Losing its soul, by Starbucks founder and CEO Howard Schutlz, it states:
“Work should be personal. For all of us. Not just for the artist and the entrepreneur. Work should have meaning for the accountant, the construction worker, the manager and the clerk.”
Do you really feel that what you are doing is totally personal? That you are totally invested in? Do you really feel that every time you do what you have to do at work, it does feel like it is not really work, but rather a way to connect your life, but at the same time getting paid? Does it really matter how much money you are paid as long as you know your work puts a little smile on your face, everyday?
Does it feel like you are constantly looking at the clock waiting until it strikes the end of your shift? Do you feel disconnected, unappreciated and stagnant with what you are doing? Do you feel like you are cheating yourself and pretending you love your work just because you get a six-figure salary with a generous bonus at the end of the year?
Well, it is what it is.
Whatever you feel, know that there are ways to strengthen that personal connection to work and life; and also there are ways to spit out the discouragement caused by your work life towards your other aspects of your life.
The most important thing is that you know. You know exactly where you stand and how to stand by it. Make it personal if not, find ways to make your work personally connected to you.
***On a personal note: I am leaving a good position as one of the three Floor Teachers at my school (I handle the discipline of 1/3 of our high school population) because I didn’t feel connected with this type of work anymore. I was getting a good yearly stipend to handle discipline issues among students, but it got to the point where there was no personal connection to me anymore - so for the next school year, I decided to give it up.
How about you guys? Have you given up anything that you felt unnecessary?
- A. M. S.