Posts Tagged ‘work’

Need not want not

Posted: August 30, 2016 in Uncategorized
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“It pays the bills.”  That is my canned statement when people ask about my profession. Something I do Monday – Friday at least nine hours a day.  I am asked if I enjoy my profession and I answer with “It pays the bills”. I know that this is not an answer and that it is not original. People have been deflecting questions concerning their professions with this answer for years.

Sometimes, it seems that, when someone is not satisfied with a profession they look for satisfaction through other means. The unsatisfied professional may jam as much recreation into their spare time as possible. They may work at building homes or become obsessive about a hobby, all because their 45 hours, they give away for money are not satisfying.

There was this utopia image I grew up seeing of the future. In the future robots would do our bidding and all the time we spent working would be spent thinking reading and living leisurely . This did not happen manual labor was replaced with other types of labor. The work hours have increased and happiness decreased.

What happened to a future that had satisfied professionals? It was traded away. Our generation gave away freedom and satisfaction in the work place for security.

Maybe we should revaluate the deal we made. Did our deal work out for us? If not maybe we should figure out a better deal and make it on our own terms.

Here is to getting a better deal… The best deal for you and maybe next time someone asks about your profession you can say something like ” I love it, we are doing some exciting stuff”







What is it?

Posted: August 25, 2016 in Uncategorized
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Yesterday I blogged about happiness sort of… I blogged about me being happy that I finished an ethics course ( I am not a fan of studying ethics at all so getting out of this course alive was an accomplishment).  I also blogged about Aristotle’s view on happiness ( it is a kind of weird one but it is one view) and I blogged about attaining happiness.

So what is happiness? That is the million dollar question isn’t it? What would make me happy or you or him or her? It is subjective and changes on the circumstances doesn’t it? I mean today I will be happy when it is time to go home because I enjoy home more than work and home makes me happy, work ehh not usually oh do you see what just happened? That is an epiphany!

Epiphany is the manifestation of a striking experience or the truth, many religious scholars call the appearance of Christ and epiphany. My epiphany was not an appearance of a messiah but more a realization that work does not make me happy, and that work should make me happy. So what is a man to do?

Perhaps change is in order. I love lists so let’s make one

  1. figure out what type of work would make me happy
  2. learn to accomplish said work
  3. find gainful employment in this work

Three steps simple right? Well simple yes but time consuming…. some people spend years on step one. What is it that will make you happy? Once you figure this out than you can figure out what type of work you should be employed in.

Knowing yourself is a huge step and one that not everyone accomplishes. You are a pretty cool and interesting person. I encourage you today to get to know yourself.




This is it! The weekend

Posted: October 3, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Yeah, that’s right. In case you didn’t know today is Friday. The start of the weekend. There is an English indie rock band, they call themselves  Hard-Fi (not sure if they use the hyphen in the name but I think it looks cool so I will keep it. Apologies to all the Hard-Fi fans if the hyphen offends you – all). There is a wonderful song they did called Living for the Weekend. Upbeat fast short and fun. The lyrics are really cool too.


Oh, I’ve been working a week, I’m tired
Yeah, I’ve been working a week and I’m
Just living for the weekendHey hey
Got some money I just got paid
Got some money and I can’t wait
At six o’clock I’m out of here

Out there tonight
Is the night of my last got my name on
Run down my street adidas on my feet
I’m on fire

Working all the time
Work is such a bind
Got some money to spend
Living for the weekend
When it gets too much
I live for the rush
Got some money to spend
Living for the weekend

Oh man!
Yeah I’ve been working a week, I’m shot
Yeah I’ve been working a week for what?
Just living for the weekend
Ah shit!
So my clothes are all counterfeit
So my name isn’t on the list
‘No you can’t come in, so go home boys!’

Slip round the back look at that
There’s a crack toilet window
Drop to the floor covers us through the door
I’m on fire

Working all the time
Work is such a bind
Got some money to spend
Living for the weekend
When it gets too much
I live for the rush
Got some money to spend
Living for the weekend

Can you feel it?
Feel the pressure… rising
Pushing down on me, oh lord!

Pressure, pressure, pressure pressure pressure
Feel the pressure
Pressure, pressure, pressure pressure pressure

Living for the weekend [x8]

Going out tonight, going out tonight
Baby you and I are going out tonight
[repeat x4]

See? Cool right. Most of us can relate to this song and these lyrics. We work so that we can enjoy our lives and sometimes we get lucky and enjoy work but most of us work so that we can enjoy the weekend, with family friends or all alone.

No matter who you are doing it with I encourage you to take advantage of the weekend and have fun unwind relax and recharge. Make the weekend awesome be good to yourself and everyone else




I became and excelled

Posted: September 24, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I was listening to a woman in a high management position outlining how she broke through the glass ceiling in her corporation, through becoming a better boss by engaging with her charges and employing empathy.

Focusing on purpose is what the experts call this change in management or interaction style. Questions which develop a purpose are internal questions and they are

1. What is good for my business?

2. What is good for me?

After realizing the answer to these questions you can be tempted to start work. Well before you do keep in mind that, these questions should be applied to every interaction during your work day.

Is what I am about to do good for my business?

Is what I am about to do good for me?

If you answer yes to both of these questions then you are headed in the right direction. After a yes plan your execution and march on. A no would indicate that something is wrong. After a no answer to either question, you have to ask more questions. Actually one question. Why is this not good for my business? Why is this not good for me?

These internal questions work for all professions and all professionals, but they also work on a personal level. Our lives seem to become more and more busy. As we grow older we may get involved in and start families, then life becomes exponentially busy.  The level of “stuff” to do seems to grow to monstrous heights and I can’t help but wonder, if I were to ask myself variations of these two questions would that help?

1/ Is this good for my family?

Asking this question my put a halt to many of the activities we engage in that do more harm to good. Asking these questions may also open up new ideas and new activities that give us a fuller richer and more robust life.

2. Is it good for me?

This question is one many family leaders forget to ask. We function in a stoic manner with concern only for our children spouses or parents but we forget if we do not take care of ourselves no one will. Also, if you do not care for yourself you will not be able to help others. You are important special and unique. Never sell yourself short take care of yourself and others always.

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I am convinced that by becoming and excelling at everything we do we will find our experiences in our professional and personal lives to be memorable powerful and truly impact the world.




Hey it’s Friday

Posted: July 12, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Has the work week been rough to you? If you have answered yes you are in the majority. Work is called work and not fun for a reason. stress from the boss and fellow employees can make someone physically ill. So be careful and take heart, it’s Friday! Work is over for the week.

Because most countries have adopted the Monday first convention Friday represents the end of the work week and the beginning of the weekend. So enjoy the weekend relax read a really good book, spend time with family and friends. That is after all what is really important in life. people count




Good morning and happy Monday. If you are reading this post on Monday, the day I am posting, and if it is Monday morning stop what you are doing, close your eyes and imagine that your boss will be out for a week. What did you feel? If you are the boss, imagine that you are out for a week, what did you feel? If you are reading this on another day, imagine it is Monday morning, then imagine there will be no boss for a week.

I like to do this because without a boss there are no meetings and only work. I actually do not hate my job I kind of like it, however through multiple meetings and the enlistment of new and changing resources work has become more meetings and less work.

As a boss it is important to always keep in mind that without you this place, work will still function. If you feel that it would not then, first you are wrong and second, the reins need to be loosened and then re-tightened in different areas.

A boss who micro manages usually only manages to drive everyone insane.  The success they experience would have been experienced without the micro management, without less meetings and far less ulcers.

A shepherd, a boat captain, a coach, a mentor and teacher. Are not so much micro managers as much as guides and facilitators.

“A good manager is a man who isn’t worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him.”
– H. S. M. Burns
“The first myth of management is that it exists. The second myth of management is that success equals skill.”
– Robert Heller

When you lead (and at some time in your life you will lead someone) keep in mind that what you are doing will happen with or without your leadership, and the only true difference is in how you lead and how you treat the people you lead.





As a child I would be carted around every summer on all of my moms errands and as a child I was a sponge. I heard and saw all different kinds of places and people and I remember hearing people say things like “well this is how they do this” or, “we will be fine if I don’t do that”.

I remember thinking who is this “we” or the “they” that I heard so much about and I also remember thinking that they must be tired. After getting older graduating from school and entering the work place I realized quickly that the they is really us. In case you couldn’t already tell todays rant has to do with personal responsibility.

Chores at work and home can seem mundane and tiresome but they have to be done. In an office I used to work at a woman had a paper taped to her desk it read like this:

“There were once four brothers: Everyone, Someone, Anyone and Noone. They had a very important task to do. Everyone was sure that Someone will do it. Anyone could have done it, but Noone did it in the end. Someone was angry because it’d have been Everyone’s job. Everyone thought that Anyone could have done it, but Noone realized that Noone will do it in the end. In the end, Everyone was angry at Someone because No one did what Anyone would’ve done.”

I love that paper. I have seen and, shamefully, must admit have been involved in that exact situation before.  Today there will be tasks that you face and although it can be tempting to walk away and let someone handle them I challenge you to see what you can do. Because it is like Christopher Robin told Winnie the Pooh ” You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”  

I am sure whatever task you face you can take care of it and I am also sure that you will feel so good about yourself after you have taken care of it.


I think I should close with the words of a man who has made an impact on the world and continues to make an impact.