A turkey was chatting with a bull. “I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree,” sighed the turkey, “but I haven’t got the energy.” “Well, why don’t you nibble on some of my droppings?” replied the bull. “They’re packed with nutrients.” The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found that it actually gave him enough strength to reach the first branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fortnight, there he was proudly perched at the top of the tree. Soon he was promptly spotted by a farmer who shot him out of the tree.
Management Lesson: Fluff might get you to the top, but it won’t keep you there.
Hard work and dedication always prevail in any situation. The easy way out can seem tempting, but it is hard work and passion that lead to ultimate success. As with any real life scenario, not being diligent about a task in work environments will only eventually lead to professional ruin. The aspiration to be successful within your career is driven by passion.
Let’s think back to an instance where you lacked passion about a task. Were the results those you desired? Did the results benefit others as well as yourself? Did you feel accomplished about what you produced? If you weren’t passionate about the task more than likely the answers to those questions are no. Passion drives individuals to accomplish things that can seem unattainable. If someone lacks passion, they will more than likely do a subpar job at something. For someone to be truly successful in a career they must be passionate about all facets of the associated industry in addition to have a sincere interest in it.
After years in the same industry, position and maybe even doing the same job, you might feel that your professional passion is lacking. If you desire to regain that passion, there are some things to do in order to get that motivation back and remember what attracted you to your present career. An article from the Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit medical care, research and education organization, stated there are some things you can do to bring back the passion in your job situation.
Create new challenges – Begin something new within your organization. Seek out new opportunities to explore within your craft. This activity can motivate you to want to take on new roles and also give more sense of control over your work life. By working on something you care about and have the passion for can boost your confidence and job satisfaction.
Expand your skills – It’s normal to become bored with your present job situation. Education advancement is always a great option. Maybe taking a few training classes for your position or asking for new or additional tasks would help feel that void. As well it never hurts to volunteer for new initiatives that may be implemented. There is always room for advancement; the opportunity to participate is up to you.
Nurture your passion – If your job satisfaction has lessened but seeking a new job isn’t the best choice you might consider focusing some of your energy on interests outside of work. If you have other interests outside of work that you are passionate about, devote some of your extra time to those things. Finding happiness outside of your livelihood can be a great reward.
If you follow at least one of these suggestions you will see a significant change in your career outlook. The only thing constant in life is change so why not embrace it? No one should be complacent about their livelihood, if you’re constantly unhappy with your job situation it’s time to make some changes!
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