Work Is Your Second Home – Take Care of It
The average American spends 35% of his/her day at work, and
only 32% at home according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Therefore, if you are working more than you
are spending time at home, you should enjoy your time there.
One of the ways to ensure work is an enjoyable experience is
to regularly ensure it is giving as much as it is taking. We work for mental stimulation, financial
benefit, and social connection and rewards.
Our jobs should rank in the upper percentile in these areas to ensure we
are best positioned to give our best efforts.
Best efforts include completing the bullets on our job description in
excellence, creating new ways to provide financial value to the organization
(in savings and new business), and serving in leadership in an exemplary
But work is still work.
Eventually, you’ll hit a wall and wonder why you come into that
“place”. The answer is simple: because you want to.
There are always open and available jobs around the world,
no matter the current state of the economy.
I do not buy into the idea of recession because I know too many people
who have made a killing during recessions.
The key is that those people know how to truly “go with the flow” – they
follow the money. When the real estate
market bottomed out, and closings dried up, my more astute colleagues
transitioned to foreclosure defense and bankruptcy filings to help homeowners
keep their homes. Real estate agents
obtained property management designations and became caretakers for the
hundreds of thousands of foreclosed homes across the country. I parlayed my love of reading into editing
and then into a full publishing company.
All of this to say that if you are willing to be flexible and move where
the river is flowing, you will be fine.
But who wants to be “fine”?
We strive to be amazing, spectacular, and beyond great! We were formed by an awesome God, so it is
natural for us to want to see the awe in ourselves. But can we do that working for someone
else? In a word – yes.
There is no war between those who work for others and those
who work for themselves. It takes all of
us to pull off the most amazing heist the world has ever seen – the American
economy. It rises and falls, has bear
and bull periods, creates bubbles that burst, and markets that boom… in a cycle
that is one hundred percent created, perpetrated, regulated, and managed by
both employers (owners) and employees (renters).
So literally this is our house. Our job is our home. When we take care of it, we know where
everything is, people enjoy coming to visit us (some never want to leave), we
know how everything works, and we know who to call when things break down. But when we let it all go to pot and stop
caring for our place of abode, then the exact opposite occurs: we lose things (people quit), no one comes to
see us unless they have to (high turnover), it’s all hands on deck all the time
(unqualified people do work incorrectly and we lose customers), and there is no
one to call when things go wrong because WE are the ones making it all go
You can jump ship and start your own business. I did, and I love working for myself. But I also realize that I still have “bosses”
– they’re called clients and customers.
There is always someone to whom we are accountable as long as we
So whether you’re renting your work house or paying a
mortgage, know that you are paying a price – make sure it’s one that you’re
comfortable with and you’re satisfied with what you’ve got.