Seeking great organizational cultures and Loving what you do.
One of the most underrated things about work is loving what you do. If you love it, every day will be like a vacation day. If you love the work, you will never really work. Each work day is like something cool to look forward to. You’ll miss your work on the weekends. (I know: it sounds weird. It’s weird to write.) You’ll love your customers. You’ll do more for people. You will be more generous. You’ll feel more prosperous. Your decision-making will be positively impacted. Each day will feel like a holiday.
It is such a blessing to love what it is you do for work each day. So few people get to experience this. If you are one of the lucky few, consider yourself in this wonderful small minority and count your blessings. Loving your work makes every day far, far easier. While you’re still working hard, it doesn’t feel like it. When your positive attitude is aligned with your work, you’re an unstoppable force. You can’t be beat. The momentum and energy you create at work powers others. You’re generating it! You’re the one making it happen. You’re the wizard pulling the levers and making the gears spin. Every day is an exciting time and an opportunity to create.
If you haven’t found it yet, if you haven’t discovered it yet, keep looking. Keep looking for the work you love. One piece of advice you may overlook when seeking it: it’s usually not about the what. It is about the who. Who are you working with? Who do you work for? Who are your customers? You can have the coolest what in the world. But if you don’t like who you’re working with or for, you won’t love it. If your customers have terrible attitudes because your what sucks, you won’t love it. If the bosses mistreat everyone in their path, you certain won’t love it. The key to loving it is finding the right organizational culture. And the right organizational culture is all about the who: talent. People are first. Talent is first. Taking care of people is first. Southwest Airlines has it right: if you take care of your employees first, you won’t have to worry about your customers because they will be taken care of next. A cared for employee is a happy one who takes care of others. It is a virtuous, waterfall effect that cascades and builds.
Seek that great organizational culture that takes care of its people first. Look for great people to work with. Look at their attitudes at work. Get what they stand for and what they stand against. know their wants and desires and see if they match yours. Look for a fit of goals and values. Work your way into loving it.