I have so much to be thankful for this year, a wonderful family, a nice house, good health, lots of friends and a successful career. But, this year I have something else to be thankful for, a great job. I’m not just employed and bringing home a paycheck; I have the best job of my career and I am very thankful for that. I enjoy driving to work and I like the people I work with.
Do What You Love
There is a constant debate on the blogs about whether people should do what they love or pursue a career with high earning potential. I’m very fortunate to do what I love and also get paid well. Being an IT Manager isn’t for everyone. It can be very stressful and you constantly have to keep up with new technology. Servers go down and you get frantic calls in the middle of the night. But, I chose to work in the computer industry and I’m happy with the choice I made.
Good & Bad Jobs
One of the reasons I love my job so much is because I’ve had some really bad jobs in the past. In fact, my very first job was digging up cesspools. I’ve also worked as a landscaper, mowing people’s lawns. So, I really appreciate working in a nice office, having benefits and having weekends off. Some of the people I have worked with have never had to labor or work for low wages and they don’t appreciate just how good they have it.
Good & Bad Employers
Another thing I have experienced is the difference between good and bad employers. I won’t go into any lengthy definition; most people have worked for both and know the difference. I quit a couple of jobs that mistreated me as an employee and it’s very empowering. Hanging around and hoping it will get better or taking one for the team is just the opposite. I talk about leaving my last employer in one of my previous posts, The Courage to Quit. I’m at the point in my career where I recognize soul-sucking employers and I quickly move on. I also appreciate a good employer and treat them with respect.
Complaining at Work
There was a great post and comment thread over at Invest it Wisely about Pet Peeves. As I started writing this post I realized one of my biggest pet peeves is people who complain about their jobs. Right now, I know people would kill for a good job. Meanwhile, others have great jobs and spend their entire day complaining about them. Complaining is unproductive, unprofessional and dis-empowering. Promotions and opportunities are lost for employees who complain about their company. Positive and successful people avoid others who are negative. Complaining can become an expensive habit.
Making your Own Paycheck
Some people are born entrepreneurs and they would never be happy working for someone else. I have two brothers like this. One day, I would love to be self-employed and not answer to the Man. But, it’s not easy to give up a high paying job with great benefits. So, I will continue to appreciate my current job, even as I dream of one day being the master of my own destiny.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that a job is more than just a paycheck, it’s an opportunity. And, the most important part of any opportunity is what people make of it. The most humble of professions can be the start of a bright future.
“The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.”
Oscar Wilde – Irish Poet
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