Why Work Hard?

“Hard work spotlights the character of people:  some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.”  ~Sam Ewing

Today more than ever is it important to be dedicated at the work place.  We are on hard times and jobs are coming difficult to come by so companies are studying ways to do more with less.  Sad to say, but that is the reality of things when times are tough… jobs get cut.  And who do you suppose might get the cut?

I am a firm believer in the philosophy of the  dear late Jim Rohn who has said over and over after being passed on down by his father who said: “always do more than what you are paid to do”!  This is an amazing concept that is hard for many to get their heads around but if you follow it, great things can happen!

Most people’s attitude is, man, not as soon as the clock strikes 5 I am gonna get out of this place”.  And they carry that thought from about 9:15am.  What you might not realize is, everyone else around you can feel the vibes, the customers, your co-workers, and your boss.  “Why should I care about that” you might be thinking.  I’ll tell you why, 1) attitude is contagious, and unfortunately negative attitudes are more contagious than the flu.  Therefore your attitude will transmit to your co-worker’s as he will then say to himself, well if John feels this way then I shouldn’t bust my back either. 2) The customers begin to feel it, 3) when the customers feel your negative attitude or “who cares” vibes they begin to feel neglected and think that maybe they should go elsewhere. 4) when the consumer begins to go elsewhere your company suffers, your job load is reduced, and guess who is considered for a cut.  Yep, I think you may be getting the picture, and when you start looking around for another place to work…. it ain’t easy!

I worked in Taiwan for a company that produces computer components as an Account Manager.  I was used to clocking in at a certain hours and clocking out at 5pm, to me this was normal.  I began to feel a bit funny when 5 o’clock rolled around and I was the only person who was getting out of my little cubicle to start heading for the door when everyone else just stayed put! So I asked my colleague who I worked with why it was that no one else was going since it was “time to go”.  He explained to me that in their culture (Chinese) that you are considered lazy if you leave before the boss left his office!” (The guy never seemed to leave his office!) I do believe that a balance is necessary between the east and west, but boy was I given a wake up call as this was definitely not how I had been taught from where I came from! I touched on the difference between east and west in another blog post that you can read here.

I am not saying that this should be the case, but what I would like to share here is that, anything worth doing is worth doing with all of your heart.  Since the better part of your day is spent at work rather than with your family, it would be in your highest interest to put your whole heart body and soul into it, especially since most likely your job will also benefit your family. You have to find a joy in the things you do!  If this simply is not possible because you hate your job, consider looking for another job where you can, if your able to even find one.  Than again, it really doesn’t matter what job you do, anything can get boring after you do it for a long while so be careful not to be led by the nose by your fickle emotions!

Then, once you have finished your work, done what you can to raise the spirit in your work environment through your positive input, put your whole heart into your relaxation, time with your loved one or ones!  What ever you do, do it with all of your heart! That is also the secret to your own happiness and well-being!

5 Replies to “Why Work Hard?”

  1. I agree with you that negative influence is more contagious. Also, work environment is responsible for our attitude. It’s a very nice writeup, full of positive things.

  2. I have to say that I am around people that “always want to talk about themselves or the ME ME ME.” I am so sick of it, write me a post on how to STOP them from that. I am the listener always.

  3. Rusty,
    Our choices shape our lives. You’ve created a compelling picture of this reality here. We chose how we engage or disengage. And when we’re aware of our choices and their impacts our performance is more likely to improve.

    Great message.

    1. Thank you Shawn for visiting and for your comment! So true, it is all too easy to sit around and complain about “how things are going”. But in the end we are the ones that are steering our own ship! BTW Shawn has a great site full of fantastic posts! Be sure to go and take a look if you haven’t already!

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