My son is a very talented musician and an incredible song writer. But he is yet to be “discovered”. So he works a day job in a supermarket. He has been there for a couple of years now and is very well liked and respected. He does a wonderful job… and although preparing fruit and vegetables for sale, is not his idea of pure bliss, he does this job to the upmost of his abilities, bringing his natural creative flair to each edible display.
Many of us have day jobs to do whilst we are waiting for our dream job. And I am sure that it is tempting to just put in the hours, not really caring much about what we are doing. But I think that is a mistake.
Apart from the possibility of getting fired…. taking a lack lustre approach to anything that we do sends the wrong kind of message. I know it’s not always desirable to have total pride in all that we do, particularly when the tasks can be mundane and repetitious. But I do think it is imperative to at least make the effort.
It sends a message to the world at large, and more importantly, it sends a message to ourselves. It defines us as someone of dignity, of self worth. It shows that we have a certain expectation of not only others, but of ourselves.
It demonstrates the fact the we won’t settle for “less than”.
So whatever it is that you spend your time doing each day… whether corporate or domestic, never forget to be outstanding in your field.