Monday, September 17, 2012

Attitude is key

I heard a story many years ago that I want to share...

A reporter was interviewing people to see what they though of their jobs. He interviewed one older man who was working as a bricklayer and asked about his work 

He said, "I have the best job ever. I get to build amazing buildings that have character. At the end of the day I get to step back and view my work and see the building make progress by my own hands. I love what I do"

Impressed the reporter walked around the corner and asked the other bricklayer about his job.

He replied "This job stinks. All I do is carry these heavy bricks, put some mortar between them and stick another one on top. It's the most boring job ever. When the day is over, all I have to look forward to is another day of stacking bricks. This is the worst job ever".

Now of course the interesting thing is, both of them had the exact same job. The only difference is their perspective and attitude about what they do.

I feel I have the best job ever, I get to manage the network for a company that makes networking products. I get to deploy the latest technology and work with great people who are redefining how networks run. More often than not, the days fly by and when I finally get around to looking at the clock it is because it is dark out my window and I realize I worked late again.

Of course I can see how someone else could say this is the worst job ever too. I mean there is always another upgrade planned and 200 engineers that all know networking better than me telling me how to do it. For some that would be horrible.

When you think about your job is it the best job or the worst job. Many times the only difference is your thoughts on it.


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