- July 15, 2019
- Posted by: Phillip Van Hooser
- Category: Professionalism and Success
Love Your Job
Human nature causes people to be drawn to activities that excite, inspire and fulfill them. However, we all know life and work are not always exciting, inspiring and fulfilling. Sometimes you are called to rise above what you wish you could avoid completely. Whether you love your job or not, all of your personal and professional activities can be enhanced if you simply commit yourself to do your job and do it at the highest level possible. Here are three ideas on how to get better.
Strive to Become A Better Communicator
My intention is not to burden you with a suggested reading list as long as your arm. However, self-study prepares the mind and will for greater accomplishment. If you are interested in reading materials to improve communication skills , fifteen minutes in your local library, bookstore or online will provide you dozens of options. I will suggest two books that I think can be helpful to anyone at any stage of life or career.
Secure a copy today of Dale Carnegie’s classic, How to Win Friends and Influence People. You won’t be sorry. It hasn’t sold millions of copies over sixty-plus years by accident.
My book, We Need To Talk, is an easy read under 100 pages. It contains actionable, practical insights for communicating more successfully with anyone, anywhere, anytime and under virtually any circumstance.
Work to Exceed Expectations
“Do more than is expected” is one of my mantras for life. So, whether you love your job or not, I would say — do more than is expected. You will never worry about evaluations, regardless the form they might take, if you are constantly doing more than is expected.
If you are a teacher, pay close attention to other teachers and students. Maybe you are a manager, pay close attention to other managers and employees. You may be a parent, pay close attention to other parents and children. If you are a member of the clergy, pay close attention to other spiritual shepherds and their flocks. Watch and listen. Gather up all the good ideas you can unearth and incorporate them into your “bag of tricks”. Above all, notice the gaps that exist that people are talking about. Then do everything you can to make sure you are not guilty of the same.
Don’t wait for your boss, your spouse, your parent, your client or anyone else to challenge you to exceed their expectations because it probably won’t happen. Remember, they aren’t expecting much. The opportunity always exists for you to give them more.
Never Give Up
I will make this last point short and sweet — don’t you dare give up! Don’t ever allow yourself to think your effort to develop yourself means little. Whether you love your job right now or not, as a professional you should always be looking to become better so you can achieve better.
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