THE SIMPLEST ADVICE
+++ In these days of do more, be more, have more, it may be wise
to get off the beaten track and reflect on what is best for you
in the workplace. What fits your lifestyle? What fits your
integrity? What captures your interest? What warms your heart?
+++ I once read a story about a young lawyer who was joining a
prestigious firm. She was spending a quiet evening with her
grandmother and she told her that she was going to do all that
she could to advance in her new organization. She would take a
night school course to become an expert in her specialty, and
join community organizations to bring in business. She was
determined to do everything and 'learn it all'. To her mind, the
picture she was painting was one of the perfect employee. Doing
all those things would win her recognition, acceptance and an
elevated career path.
+++ The expected approval and enthusiasm from her grandmother
was not forthcoming. Smiling at her well-meaning granddaughter,
she said: "Be good at whatever you do and do only what you are
willing to do well." This startled the young lawyer and caused
her a great deal of deep thought. After a few nights of poor
sleep, she embraced her grandmother's wisdom. Now she is the
esteemed senior partner in her firm.
+++ Hopefully, you have chosen your work carefully. If not,
rethink it. If so, are you making sure that you are good at what
you do? Do you stay up-to-speed in your industry? Then, add that
next step, do only what you are willing to do well. This may
take some honesty but it will have tremendous impact on all
areas of your life.
+++ Apply this wisdom liberally. Imagine the impact it will have
on your relationships!