I wanted to share a few significant quotes with you, some are my own, some I’ve seen recently and thought were worth taking a look at.
Being a Professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don’t feel like doing them ~ Julius Erving
As someone who works for themselves I feel this is particularly relevant, but it really applies to everyone. There are two elements of it I like the first is something that most people might miss – “doing the things to love”.
Being a professional is doing the things you love. If we just stopped the quote there, how many of you would be able to say that you are professionals? How many of you are really doing what you love? There is an assumption within this quote that you are doing what you love. For those of you out there who aren’t, are you really being “professional” about your career aspect of your life? Maybe it is time to take a step back from that job that you don’t like, or maybe you just don’t care one way or the other about, and ask youself – “what would I love to do?” OR “What is there about what I do, that I love?” which is a different way of looking at this.
The second part of this is – “doing what you love on the days you don’t feel like doing it”. Ah there’s the rub. I think this quote could also read “being a professional is doing your job to the best of your ability even on the days you don’t feel like doing it”. So whether you like your job or not, being professional is doing your job, and doing it well, even on the days when you just don’t want to.
There is an epidemic in the workplaces of today called “presenteeism” which is when people come to work and are present, but their minds are somewhere else and they really aren’t engaged in what they are doing, thus productivity falls off.
I’ve been there. I’ve done jobs in the past that were not right for me, where I came in and did work, but wasn’t really fully engaged and working at my peak.
This is why the part about doing what you love is so important. Chances are you are not going to suffer from presenteeism if it’s something you love.
So what’s this quote really saying? It’s saying to re-evaluate your career and take a look at whether you love what you are doing (or some aspect of the work like the people you work with, or the environment, or what the company stands for) and if you don’t, then perhaps it’s time to change. It is also saying that no matter what you do, do it the best you can, because that i what being a professional is all about.
Well it looks like I’ve used up this whole post talking about only one quote. You’ll just have to stay tuned for the next post to see what the next quote is.
Until then – keep laughing and doing what you love!