#59 – Just Do the Work

I consider myself pretty lucky in the sense that I have a job that I actually like doing. There’s a lot of work to be done (sometimes more than others) and, sure, sometimes I lose a little bit of steam and focus. Sometimes, I fall behind.

But when all is said and done, I like my work and therefore I’ll always do the work even if I have to play the occasional game of catching-up.

If you don’t like the work you’re doing, I sincerely hope that you’ll talk to your employer (if you have one), your partner or yourself to figure out what can be done to change the things you don’t like – if that’s at all possible. Or, if it’s not possible to change…then I sincerely hope you’ll find something better suitable for you, your needs, your skills and your mood.

Nobody likes to be stuck in a rut or in a job they hate. It doesn’t matter if you’re a cleaning lady or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company – I get it. I’ve had periods where I was doing work that I hated with every fiber of my body and it’s simply no fun. You can’t live your life going to bed every night and waking up every morning, hating and dreading your job. It’ll ruin your life, for sure…maybe not today or tomorrow, but definitely down the road if you don’t do something about it.

However, I also think it’s important to realize and keep in mind that NO job will be fun and amazing all the time. You have to look at the big picture and weigh it on a scale of 100.

Is your job super amazing 10% of the time? Then, maybe it’s not worth it.

Is your job awesome 50% of the time? Okay, then maybe you can do something to tip the scale to get that percentage a little higher.

Is your job fantastic 75-85% of the time? Then, why wouldn’t you stay?

Is your job the best 90% of the time? Then, you’re lucky…and even more so if you hit the 100% mark.

Whatever your percentage is, you’ve got to seriously look at the big picture and the long run to determine whether you should stay or go. But if you do choose to stay (even if it’s only temporary while you look for something better), then please do one thing and do it 100%. Don’t “forget” to do certain tasks that are required of you just because you don’t like them. Don’t just put off some tasks indefinitely so that others have to do them for you to cover for you while you secretly hope that no one will notice or find out.

Just do the work! You owe it to yourself AND you especially owe it to whoever signs your paycheck.

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