Let’s face it: we’ve all had times at work where we’re thinking, “Okay, seriously. What is the point of this task right now?”
If you’re lucky enough to have a meaningful, valuable day every day, then you definitely experienced this during high school algebra class.
When am I ever going to use this again? I mean seriously.
I don’t care whether your 9-5 job includes writing speeches for President Obama or cleaning floors at Starbucks. There are going to be both really good and really bad moments. When I hit a downward slump, I turn to my future BFF, Bethenny Frankel. More specifically, I reread her book A Place of Yes.
In one of the chapter’s in the book, Bethenny explains the idea that everything should be your business. No, not like you should be peering over your neighbor’s fence or stalking your ex nightly, more like you should put your best effort into all aspects of your job and life.
Whether you’re cleaning your apartment, writing a report at work, or exercising, see the value in everything you do. Though the skill or task may not seem important at the time, it can lead you to something that does offer you value. It may also introduce you to someone or something that can help get you where you want to go.
One of my favorite passages in the book says, “Let your passion be your recommendation, and let the quality of your work shine through. You’ll get farther than any slacker who only looks good on paper.”
It’s definitely difficult, but it’s a concept that’s important to remember. So you may not want to spend the rest of your life doing spreadsheets, but the passion and knowledge you bring to this task may help you advance your career in ways you can’t even imagine right now.
My dad and I were actually discussing this concept yesterday. I would love to own my own business someday, and he’s an entrepreneur. He explained that just because he owns his own business now, doesn’t mean he just did the bare minimum when he was working for someone else. In fact, it was quite the opposite. He kicked ass as a Program Director (he’s in radio), which allowed him to catch the attention of connections who would help him out later in his career. He also offered me this great advice: “If you’re a sloppy, crappy worker, doesn’t mean that will change when you own your own business. You’ll just be a sloppy, crappy worker who now owns the thing.”
I know it’s easier said than done, but seeing every part of your life as important and meaningful helps to make it easier to attack anything you need to get done with positivity and passion.