I hate doing it.
It stresses me out.
It’s so boring.
Every time I hear one (or all) of these from someone about their work, I want to say (and sometimes do say), “Who cares?”
But then I remember that I say and think these things at times too (really). And because I want to give people the break I want to be given … I back off (sometimes ) and turn it on myself…
I remind myself that I want to live a complainless and be no ego life. I want my life and work to be about making good things happen for other people and in turn, make good things happen for myself. I want to be someone who Smiles & Moves consistently (a Smover).
You see that guy on the window above?
He was hanging from a rope outside our office, 5 floors up, in 41-degree wind. After the novelty of climbing exterior walls wears off, it’s probably not the most enjoyable way for someone to spend their day. It needs to be done, though… as do most of those pieces of your work (and my work) that we find boring, don’t enjoy, or get stressed about.
Here’s another example … a few clips from outside my airplane window out of Denver one January morning at 1 a.m. … in a small snowstorm.
So how do we get over ourselves more and remember our obligation to that bigger-than-ourselves picture (we’re here to make good things happen for other people)?
Maybe we think a little less of ourselves and a little more of others. Maybe we remember more often that most of us are pretty lucky.
Maybe we cuddle up with the fact that we’re not entitled to everything being perfectly wonderful at all times. Maybe we remember that just because we don’t enjoy every minute of our work doesn’t mean we can’t be more enjoyable (and valuable) to the people around us.
Maybe we realize more often that the opportunity to work (to be of service to others) is a good thing.
One more thought…
I often think about those jobs we sometimes envy (professional athletes, musicians, writers, artists, creative roles, leadership, etc.). They all have their unenjoyable, stressful, and boring components, don’t they?
Professional athletes … the drills, the practice, the pounding.
Rock stars … the practice, the travel, the changing tastes of audiences, the redundancy (imagine how excited Bruce Springsteen is about singing Born in the U.S.A.).
Writers, artists, creatives … the continued need for something new, the dependence on market acceptance, the criticism, the work behind the scenes that never gets seen in order to create the things that are seen.
Leaders … being seen, judged, and held to a higher standard, having the right vision, being responsible for the things that go wrong, making the right decisions and remaining confident when they’re wrong.
And remember, those who make it to the top of their profession … most dealt (well) with many (many) years of difficulty and challenge before they got there.