Friday, May 13, 2011

Do what you like and like what you do

Have you ever encountered someone who really loves their job? I am sure you have, and you probably noticed something different about them than most of the people you meet during a typical day. Simply put, they do a better job because they love it, not because they make a certain amount of money or enjoy a certain level of prestige. People that love their job have discovered a way to match their talents and interests with a specific vocation. Have you ever considered whether or not your job fits that description? Jack Welch says that the really good people love the "stuff" of the job...all of it, good or bad. They turn problems into opportunities and people are drawn to them because of it. We have all been associated with someone like this, it just feels good to be around them. The reverse is also true. If someone dislikes their job it is usually due to a mismatch of talent and opportunity. Nothing is ever good enough for these people. You can pay them more, give them more responsiblility and they will undoubtedly find the negative in it. Personally, I choose to surround myself with and seek out people that want to win, regardless of the challenges. Think about it, if it were not for the challenges, why would your company need you? Anybody can "go with the flow" when things are easy and everything is going well. It is the rare individual that welcomes a challenge as an opportunity to make a positive difference. If you want to build a reputation as a winner, then look at problems you face as your chance to shine. Your confidence will soar and, trust me, people will notice.

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