There is a famous story about when Andy Grove and Gordon Moore, then the two directors of Intel, realized that they were not effectively leading the organization where it needed to go and so they “fired” themselves one afternoon with the commitment to come back the next morning as if they were completely new people in their jobs and to create a vision to lead Intel into the future. Perhaps it might be a good idea for you to do the same?
Many of us fall into a rut in our career, we get tired, we get bored, we stop growing. When this happens it is a negative and painful situation both for you and the organization you serve – a true lose/lose. So why not “fire” yourself and come back tomorrow as if you were a brand-new employee that was motivated, excited and eager to take on your job with the new zeal. Instead of focusing on what is wrong with your job and the organization you work for, look for everything that is right, good, exciting. Look for opportunities where you can challenge yourself to grow and add real and significant value. Reach out to the people in the organization that you admire and find a way to spend more time with them. Commit yourself to learning some new skills that will make you more valuable to your employer. We all know that we spend the majority of our life at work, why in the world would you not want all of that time to be fun, engaging and enjoyable? And believe me when I tell you, that you do have the ability to make your work exciting and fun – it is up to you – if you simply decide that you’re going to find a way to create a new beginning and look for every opportunity to get involved, add value and find more meaning and enjoyment in your career.
If at this point in my article you were shaking your head and saying, “But John, you do not know where I work, you don’t understand how bad it really is, there is no way to make my work fun or enjoyable,” then I encourage you to take a long hard look at your situation and decide if it is time for truly new beginning in a different company or completely different career. Life is far too short not to go to work with a smile on your face every morning looking forward to your day, and returning in the evening energized and proud with a feeling of accomplishment. It is an old cliché, and a very true one: “If you love what you do it never feels like work.” Everyone has the ability to make their career exciting, rewarding and fun, and if it is not right now, fire yourself and start a new beginning tomorrow!
by John Spence