Posts tagged ‘Work’

Opportunity Knocks

People are always waiting. Waiting for a sign. Waiting for inspiration. Waiting for change.

So when an opportunity comes we tend to jump at it. Grab on as if our lives depend on it. Then when that opportunity leads us down a path we don’t want or if the opportunity isn’t granted to us, we go back to our waiting.

I had that scenario this week. A job opportunity was thrown in my lap that would be perfect. It’s my ultimate favorite thing to do with the company I work for. I wouldn’t have to constantly be worried about whether I’ll have a job tomorrow. I wouldn’t have to walk on eggshells by around my boss. I would love doing this so why not apply?

Since I am an impulsive person, I went home and prayed. I know what I want from life. I’ve put it in the universe and so I asked Him, “Is this the path you want me to take?”

Then I started thinking of the cons. I would have to break my lease. I don’t have the money to move. I would have to cancel my two vacations I’m planning. I would lose focus on my dream that I’ve been working on for months.

That’s when the decision seemed pretty clear. Don’t take the opportunity. It’s not going to benefit who you are or who you want to be in the world. Focus on the dream, because either you’ll get to quit the job after earning a publishing contract or you’ll have unemployment to motivate you into earning the publishing contract.

Just because the opportunity is there, doesn’t mean it’s for you. Start focusing on what you truly want from life. Don’t just wait for an opportunity to come, because you might grab the wrong one. Instead make the opportunity you want come to you.

Properly Managed

I have a new manager at my corporate job and I just can’t handle it. As a manager myself, I know there’s a difference between being a dictator and a leader.

My manager’s favorite saying is “You have to think business, not feelings.”

I’m all for pulling emotions out of business, but you can’t forget that you’re working with human beings. She only thinks in terms of how to earn a bonus and how is this going to benefit my appearance to the corporate office.

Although these are important things, you have to remember that the “lowly” people working for you are the ones that help impact those bonuses and appearances. You can’t just dock their hours without cause, especially since people rely on that income, and you can’t talk down to them.

If you treat people poorly, they aren’t going to want to work hard for you and will stop caring about improving the business’ image. They are also more likely to quit. So if you have poor service or no staff, what’s the likelihood you’re going to receive a bonus?

I just wish the corporate world would treat people less like numbers and more like what they are, human beings.