Today I would like to talk about doing our work well. It might sound as a little bit of a rant, but I believe performing to a high standard goes well beyond a debilitating or enslaving corporate culture that intends to yield the maximum benefit while squeezing life force from its employees.
Of course, companies will expect you to do things well, land this might go from what is reasonably acceptable to an impossible and ridiculous standard, one which you would never expect to achieve, even if they offered you thirty times the money and you had ten clones helping you with the work.
But I am not talking about company standards of work. I am talking about our own standards.
The first thing I would like to cover is our attitude towards work. Most people you talk to will be on along the following attitudes:
- Work is a necessary evil. They hate work but have to do it, if they want to it. They might not have a job at the moment but need to find one.
- Work is not for me. Whether they need work or not, these people actually make more effort to avoid work than whatever effort they would need to make to do the work itself.
- Work is too hard. Why do we need to work, anyway?
- Work is something I so in exchange for money. So, the more money they pay me, and the less work I do, the better.
- Work is something I hope I will be able to stop one day.
Yes, money is the form our society decided was going to allow us to make a living and through which we can exchange products and services. I don’t deny that we need it, nor its importance to have a plentiful life, without worries. But I believe that money is just a little fraction of what work means .
Work does not only mean what we produce, for ourselves or for the company that employs us. It doesn’t only have to do with the activities we do in our place of work the ones that we are paid to do.
Work is a process of transformation, not only of raw materials or the knowledge that we apply in a certain area, but it is a process that transforms our souls.
Of course, we believe that it is healthy to leave work at the office (or wherever it is you carry out your activities) so that it doesn’t interfere with our personal lives. And I agree up to a certain point. Nothing should be the central preoccupation in our life to the detriment of its other facets (spirituality, family, free time, love, leisure, etc.), but it is work that has got the worst reputation. Not many people complain about excess love, or excess leisure activities, but the wrong, excessive focus on any of them would result in many problems, too.
So yes, you should leave work at the office. But you are still you, everywhere you go, whether you are at work, or at home, or in the street. You are always you. Sometimes work functions like a mini-therapy, it distracts us from our family issues. And viceversa. But the truth is that you carry who you are wherever you are. And in this sense, actively expressing your hatred of work, as well as actively despising every minute you spend doing it is just an accumulation of rubbish energies in your life.
Because there is no such thing as a complete separation of spheres. If you hate your job that energy will eventually seep into the rest of areas in your life, because you will feel frustrated, angry and maybe powerless.
I have met many people that, because they feel that work is only something disagreeable they do to make money, think that it is ok to make a minimal effort. They do as little work as possible, they cut corners, and do the minimum necessary, they pretend they work.
Work dignifies people. Work is an expression of who we are, the legacy we leave behind, the way in which we collaborate in the construction of the planet. It is true that there are many reasons why we need to have a job, and it is also true that we might not always like the job we do.
In some situations, you might have always hated your job, but you did it because you felt you had no other option. On other occasions, you might have loved your job at the beginning but then you grew tired of it, or disillusioned. Maybe something happened and now you are scared of your work, or worried about it, or you might find it overwhelming.
Whatever the reason, there is no excuse to do a bad job. Doing the best you can do is a mark of honour and integrity, and as we said before, it is s reflection not only of your work ethics but of who you really are. Even when we find ourselves doing work that we hate, it is important to do our best.
I know it can be really complicated at times. You might feel so tired, or overwhelmed, or resentful for having to do this horrible work that the least you feel like doing is to make any effort in it. What you need to understand is that whatever you are doing in this work, you are not doing for your company, not even your family, you’re doing it for yourself.
Doing a good job is an important training for life. You don’t want to stay forever in the shitty job, I get it. So, come up with a plan, do whatever is necessary to do the work of you life, where you will find fufillment and joy. But even in the job of your dreams, you will have to do activities you might not always enjoy. And you will not be able to avoid them, or to do only a ten percent. And if you don’t cultivate useful habits, you will find it terribly difficult to keep up with the work you really want to do.
Doing bad work affects the company you work for, but it also affects you. It is dishonest, and it cheats you of learning, of honour and dignity. You are capable of beautiful work, work that can make a difference to your life and the life of others. Your work is your strength, and by doing what you need to do you will show yourself your capacity for creation and growth. And it will fill you with satisfaction that you can do what is honourable and true.
Love and blessings!