Has it ever pissed you off when the Chick-fil-A guy taking your order seems just a little too enthusiastic for working there?
Have you ever stopped and thought why you’re so upset about it? I mean, who are you to rain on his parade of “my pleasures” and waffle fries?
I personally love it when I see someone so happy to serve me my #4 Spicy Chicken Deluxe meal. The world could use more people like Jeff from Chick-fil-a.
Imagine a world where everyone loved what they did for a living.
How much better of a place would that be? No more walking into work, saying “good morning!” to a co-worker and being berated about how the morning isn’t “good” by any means and “oh by the way die in a fire for bothering me.”
People would be happy. People would get more stuff done. And most importantly, people would show more compassion to everyone else.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want the grocery store deli worker who completes my order and throws the pound of sliced turkey in my face. I want the guy with a big smile on his face asking if there’s anything else he can do for me.
I believe there’s a way for everyone to get to this place. And it’s possible for anyone.
It all starts with asking yourself “why?” A question Simon Sinek’s been asking people for quite some time now.
The secret to loving whatever you do
I worked as a cubicle monkey for almost 4 years. At first, it was awesome. Since it was my first “real” job out of college, I was thrilled someone even took the interest in hiring me. More importantly, I could pay bills AND have leftover money to buy alcohol. I no longer had to comprise.
That allure ran off pretty quickly. After several months, the work I was doing didn’t interest me much and I hated waking up early. My “why” for working there was starting to become fuzzy. And that’s when I needed to take a step back and evaluate.
Why was the 55-year-old man (we’ll call him Fred) in the cube next to me the happiest guy in the world? Why was he able to come in, do the same shit I was doing, and smile the entire time? Since I don’t think it’s possible for anyone to love data management and crunching numbers, I knew it had to be something else.
It took me a while, but I think I finally figured out the secret. It’s got little to do with what you’re doing, or how well you’re doing it, but almost everything to do with why you’re doing it.
After observing and talking with countless people in the workplace, the truly happy ones knew why they were there and were totally OK with it.
Fred’s reason for being so happy was because he was just there to make a living. He came to terms with that a long time ago. So he goes into work, does what he has to, then drives home to his family (which his job provides for) and does other things that he actually enjoys.
Same with Jeff from Chick-fil-a.
Yeah, I know. Those guys are anomalies.
No, they’re really not. There’s countless people who are happy where they are simply because they came to terms with their ‘why’.
Part of me wishes I could be like Fred. Happy spending time with my family and being OK with my job if it enabled me to do so. But I’m different. And many of you will be too.
I’m not satisfied with just going through the motions to earn a paycheck. My ‘why’ is bigger than that. I want to be the fun-loving family man just like Fred, but I also want the work that I do to be meaningful to me and make an impact. That was the reason I quit my job. I wanted to pursue other things that actually meant something to me.
Finding your pulse and supercharging your happiness.
So what’s the secret if you can’t be like Fred and Jeff? It wasn’t until I left that job that I realized the bigger picture. Once I started working on my own, my work goals aligned with my personal goals, and holy shit I found my happy place.
Too many people go through the workday striving to meet their company’s goals with utter disregard for their own. Hitting the metrics and generating more sales becomes a daily burden. This leads to misery.
When was the last time you stepped back and reassessed your personal goals? I highly suggest doing this, and then finding ways to make your work align with them. You’ll not only be more motivated to get things done, but you’ll be glad to do them.
Want to be the happiest person on this damn planet? Intertwine your work and personal goals to end up with something you truly love. That’s the secret for the rest of us. That also happens to be what success means to me.
So now that you know the secret to being happy in anything you do, what’s holding you back?