5 Ways To Appreciate Your Current Job

The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.

Yesterday, we had a meeting with our Big Boss regarding the employees’ satisfaction with our company and although the scores given were way better that last year’s, it still amazes me that there were a number of people not satisfied with what we have here. I mean, I can’t blame them if they feel that way but it got me thinking; is it the company, or is it them?

For me, no matter how good things are in other parts of your life such as family, social life, and relationships, our job is a major part and is as important. The job that you have right now might not be your dream job, but this is the job that we chose and it is just right to take care of it, appreciate it, and make the most out of it. Appreciation is probably the best way to deal with dissatisfaction and there are a number of things you can do to begin loving the job that you currently do.

Thousands applied, you were chosen.

I always take a look back at the time when I was at the receiving area waiting for my final interview. It was probably one of the most memorable moments of my career life, waiting. But sometimes, I also try to imagine the number of people who were rejected for the same position I was applying for. It must be so sad to walk away from the building with nothing and some of them might still not have jobs until today. That alone is something we should think about it.

Your lifestyle now might not be the same if not for it.

Well, I’m living quite comfortable because of my current job. I can buy a shirt or two from time to time, eat out during my weekends off, I can buy a frappuccino at Starbucks, and can travel the Philippines during holidays. Well all do right? Our jobs provided us with all of these things and I’m sure that if we quit our jobs, our lives would look very different.

The friends and relationships you gained.

Before, I have this mind set of “I’m not here to make friends. I’m here to just work.” which in the long run changed my perspective in creating relationships in the office. I found a number of good friends in my current workplace and they are very dear to me. Also, I maintained a strong professional relationship with my office mates and now, I feel confident that when I need help I can always have someone to ask. Besides, at the end of the day, we all need to work together. Just imagine how hard it is to start over and build new relationships again in a new company.

Safe work environment

I’m so thankful that my current company takes safety very seriously. It was annoying at first but when you think about it, it helps you inject that safety mindset in your own life or your own household. We should always feel lucky to have been working in a safe office building. Someone cleans our desks for us, guards our premises 24/7, and we even have our own taxi bay carefully inspected before we even hop in! You just have to realize that some people work in the most dangerous environment and you should feel so lucky.

It’s not your job, it’s you.

Finally, as what my boss said, “it all boils down to the person’s character”. Sometimes, we need to ask ourselves: “Is it the job, or is it me?” We need to figure out what we can’t change and just deal with it. On the other hand, we should start looking at the things that we can control, change it and learn from it. Looking at your current job in a different perspective really helps. It not only helps you appreciate your job, but it also develops your character and your sense of maturity.  

It is very easy to hate your job. However, as soon as you realize the things that it gives you, the people that you have around you, and the way it makes you feel how lucky you are, you start to think differently.


5 Things To Help You Mind Your Own Business

With all the things that we see everyday, people we encounter and things that we hear or read, its very hard not to judge or mind. But believe it or not I’m trying my best not to. Its hard, but I always try to look at things at a different perspective.

20121228-055816.jpg Let me share to you these 5 things that you can tell yourself before trying to mind other’s business. I think its working for me.

I don’t know the whole story. Most of the time, what we see or hear is just one part. Remember the “Amalayer” incident? we just saw the scene when the student is yelling at the lady security guard. How about the rest of the story? How did it start? Its very simple, if we have not seen or heard both sides, we should stay out of it.

No one asked for my point of view. We all have something to say. We are not robots. But even if we know that we are right and no one asked for our insights and especially when we don’t have something good to say, we should keep our thoughts to ourselves.

Other’s happiness might not be my type of happiness. Its very easy to judge a person based on what makes him happy. But we should always remember that we all have different levels of happiness. Checking in at a coffee shop on Foursquare might not be your thing but it may for others. Its just all about respecting our differences.

It doesn’t affect me. As long as you are not involved in whatever they are doing or saying and if no amount of your time and energy was used, you should not be affected. Stay in your place.

Its their lives, not mine. Very simple. Its their speech, their ways, their rules and in the end, their responsible for it. Most of the time, it is better to focus on your own life that be stressed out with others’.

I haven’t read the bible but I found this very nice verse on the internet.

“And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you.”1 Thessalonians 4:11