Respect the work you do
Respect the work you do, no matter how big or how small it is. And if at the end of the day you discover that you just can’t, then move over and give someone else a chance to do that work. Even if you can’t respect it, love it, someone else would probably give an arm and a leg to be in your shoes, to do your job. It won’t be just because they need the money, it will be because even the most boring job has aspects that do appeal.
People who lack respect for their work, don’t do their job to the best of their ability. Take a moment or two, to observe the people around you. Watch the servers in a restaurant, your barista who hands you coffee in the morning, the guy who cleans your office, the people who are sitting around the meeting table. Who do you gravitate to? We all like servers who smile when they hand you the menu and are ready to recommend a particularly special item that the restaurant makes or a Barista who shares a smile and a good morning can make a happy start to the day. The job they do might be small but when done with care and love (=respect), they really are bright spots in our day.
The reason I got to thinking about respecting work is because of 2
shitty guides that I was unfortunately stuck with for nearly a week. They worked in the one of the most beautiful places in this country, yet had no respect for their job, didn’t know or were not interested in knowing/doing their job well and were far more interested in emphasizing that this job was just a stop over / a step up the ladder to wherever they imagined their future would be. It was quite pathetic. Their blatant disregard and disinterest in doing their job well did not go over very easy with the people who were around them. The disrespect spilled over into the way they treated their team mates / crew members and even the customers. Since I come from the mindset of “customer is king”, I found that extremely difficult to tolerate.
Unfortunately this phenomena seems to affect all kinds of people in all kinds of jobs and in situations like this all I can really think of is life’s too short to spend the majority of your time working in a job you hate, making the kind of money that you will never judge to be enough. Don’t do that! If you hate it that much, move over and let someone else do it. Move over and go explore those dreams of yours, the steps up the ladder that you imagined, the other job where you would be making money. And I hope that somewhere down the line, you will find the kind of work that you think is rewarding enough to deserve your respect.