Last night I watched the movie “The Rookie” (for about the 11th time). It’s a great movie with a powerful message. I recommend that anyone with a pulse watch this movie.
One of the scenes I like best in the movie was where the star, Dennis Quaid, was just about to give up, quit and go home. As he was sitting in a bar, he saw himself on TV. It was an interview he had done with a local news station where he talked about why he decided to become a minor league baseball player at age 35.
The message from his interview was he loved the game of baseball so much he was willing to make sacrifices to play it. And one message of the movie is that you should do what you’re meant to do, even if it means you make significant sacrifices.
Hearing his own words renewed his spirit for why he was there and re-energized him to get back into the game. The next day, in the locker room, one of his teammates was frustrated and unhappy about how things were going for them. So, Dennis Quaid claps him on the back and with mile-wide grin says:
“Do you know what we get to do today? We get to play baseball!”
And instantly his teammate forgot what he was angry about. Then they went out and played baseball.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could all approach our work with that spirit?
We might think it’s easier for an athlete because they play a sport for a living. But I wouldn’t buy it. I think anything can be drudgery if we let it be. And, anything can be fun if we make it fun.
It’s really up to us and how we view our work.
When we make the choice to enjoy what we do, it becomes more fun. When we make the choice to be the best we can in our work, then our work becomes better, it becomes more fulfilling and more valuable to us.
If we employee people, of course we’d want them to enjoy their work and to strive to do their best jobs, right?
So, we should hold ourselves to the same standards.
And, if we want more customers, there’s no better way to get them (and keep them coming back). For a customer, there is nothing better than doing business with people who enjoy their work and who do their best.
Doing those two things can solve a lot of problems our organizations face. So, as you make your way through each day, ask yourself, “am I enjoying my work?” and “am I doing the best I can do?”
If your answer is “no”, then find ways to make it “yes”. Your business (and employees and co-workers and customers) will thank you.