Shiz is about to get real on a Tuesday! The author starts this lesson by talking about how not all jobs have equal meaning, but that even a routine task can be meaningful if you find a good reason to be invested. “You feel productive at the end of they day. You showed people you were smart or efficient. You made life easier for a client or customer. You improved your skill set. You learned from a mistake.” A high school kid can be bagging freaking groceries at the local grocery store, and as long as he treats it as a calling, it has meaning. Even if they don’t want to do this job for the rest of their lives, while they are doing it, they are making the most of it.
Dale Carnegie once said,
Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.
What this means is that it really doesn’t matter if you are a doctor, a lawyer, a businessman, a door-to-door salesman, a stay at home mom, or whatever else. If you love what you do and you have passion about it and you do your best to be your best at whatever it is you are doing, that is living the law of success. And why does the success come? Because being the best you can be, brings happiness and happiness brings success. When was the last time you took a second and realized how much good you can bring to your life and no one else’s life if you focused on being your best?
Let’s go back to that High School student bagging groceries. Think of how many people he interacts with every single day. Both fellow employees and random people that come to the grocery store. How many lives he can effect if he simply gives compliments, smiles, and asks people how they are doing. All while the bagger next to him watches his example and decides to follow his pattern of success because he notices that he is not only helping others to be happy but that he is really happy too.
Each of us currently have and will have different, callings, trials, and triumphs in life.
With those, we have two choices. Make the best out of every experience, or act the victim. One will bring an enormous amount of happiness and blessings. The other will bring pain and sorry. Same situations, but two different perspectives and two different ways of reacting to them. And because of that, two wildly different results. You want to be happy, love the hell out of your callings in life. Strive to get better in them and with them every day. Choose to do great things, no matter what it is you are doing at the time. Happiness comes from hard work and dedication. Happiness is a choice!
Loving that grind, Cram