Recently, we asked a group “What percentage of people work in a place that detracts from the value of their life?” The answer: nearly 90%. As they say in Wisconsin: holy cow!
If you think this is despicable, and shouldn’t be tolerated, we agree.
It’s clear: Because of toxic cultures, because people are not allowed to express themselves, because employees rarely bond with their peers, all too often individuals find work subtracts rather than adds to their life.
A man named Tim told us, “I’m grateful for the income and benefits. But to be invigorated by my job, to think my job could add fuel to my life, I don’t think it’s even been considered.”
Here’s the elephant in the office: Too many people are settling for being paid to “give away” hours of their lives.
STOMP THE ELEPHANT
Doing anything that doesn’t add value to your life doesn’t make sense. Done too long, the toll is immeasurable. Now, imagine going to work each day knowing your job will profoundly enhance your life.
What are the people doing who ensure their jobs do this for them? In nearly every case such people are what we call “drivers”. Rather than being “riders” at work where they live at the mercy of other people’s conduct and simply try to get by, drivers seek to influence in a healthy way. Here’s how:
- During interactions with others they seek to serve;
- Through challenges they seek the lessons to be learned;
- And they seek as much success for others as they do themselves.
Want to go higher? Consider what’s possible as you develop a team of drivers around you.
Where will you lead – where will you stomp elephants – today?