For those of you who thought that work is just a four-letter word, think again.
We study and try to learn in school for so many different reasons.
An old friend once told me a very interesting analogy between two different type of students studying in the Philippines. A young chinoy (Filipino-Chinese), he said, is sent to good schools by his parents so that someday he will be capable of managing their family business or even manage his own business; while a young native-born Filipino is sent to good schools so that someday he will be able to find good work and bring home a good pay.
Although it is good to think that this analogy would lead many of our young people to realize that they too are given the same chance as the chinoys to be entrepreneurs someday, however, it does not mean that there is lesser honor in being an ordinary worker. In fact, for one person to manage a business and a team of workers, that person must first understand the essence of work and he too must learn to become part of the team.
Here are five insights i’ve learned from writers, friends and from my personal experiences that made me think of working in a totally different light:
There is more to working than earning a living.
- Why am I working? or Why am I looking for work?
- Why do I need this salary?
- What keeps me working for this company?
You don’t work for your boss.
You are competing against people who love what they are doing.
Yes, work is a competition. Your opponents are your co-workers and so are the rest of the working population on this planet. But the game is not measured in skills and knowledge. We are measured by the amount of love and dedication we give to our work and our co-workers.
You always had a choice. Change your attitude or change your job.
The only ones among you who will be truly happy will be those who have sought and found how to serve.
Work requires commitment and commitment requires sacrifice. Sacrifice is offering oneself for something that you believe in. When I was asked by a friend to give an example of a real service in work, only one thing came to mind: teaching. I could have answered missionary work, priestly vocations, the armed forces but teachers have always amazed me. Especially those who never had the chance to marry because of their dedication to their work. Although sometimes you hear them say how much tired they are for doing the same things for years you’ll know that in their hearts they really love what they are doing and with that love comes a great sacrifice of service to educate and guide the future generations, and their real consolation is just to see this young and restless spirits grow to be productive members of the society.