People look at you like you’re crazy when you tell them you’ve had 55 jobs. Sometimes there’s a sigh and an upturned lip, which I interpret as pity or possibly gas. It’s hard to tell. But finding employment with that many companies, and working with thousands of people provided me with so much more than experience, it made me really good at a lot of things and an expert at falling down and getting up again. Over. And. Over. Again.
Sometimes I’ve felt like an expert at failure, but the truth is, I’m thriving in my life, and that makes all the difference. I spent years in jobs I hated, working in places that didn’t quite fit, and it took a long time to figure out that being miserable was not a requirement of my life. I gave up my limiting beliefs that traditional work was the only thing of value, because that was never what I truly believed.
So here are a few things I learned along the way and if it works for you, Huzzah! That’s great, if not, well, I’m a believer in, take what you need and leave the rest. It’s all about the journey, right?
- A sense of humor is mandatory.
- Show up, not just physically. Be prepared for excellence all around.
- Pay attention when people speak to you, from the janitor to the CEO, it makes a difference. Besides, it’s the janitor’s wife that makes the good burritos and you want one of those, right?
- Are you flying the Space Shuttle? Operating on someone’s brain? If not, take a deep breath and tackle things one at a time. The world will turn.
- Bring the love. If you’re the boss, you need to lead with love. If you are an employee, bring love to the work you do. Lastly, if you don’t have any love for what you’re doing, consider finding something within your work or elsewhere where your love light can shine. Because we all need the light it creates so we can see ourselves better.
What have you learned about yourself from your job?