There’s No Kill Switch on Awesome

Not my daughter :-)Project 2012: Day 147

My 16 year old, like many other teenagers, has a Saturday job. Unlike many though, she’s passionate about it.

For her this isn’t only about making pocket money for fashion. At the bakery, whether she’s sweeping the floor, packing the shelves, or serving a customer, she is the best sweeper, packer, or server she can be.

It’s unlikely she’s going to work at a bakery for her career though. And believe me, she doesn’t display quite the same passion sweeping the floor at home that she does at work.

But she enjoys her time at work more.

That’s interesting.

The intuitive response is that it’s because she get’s paid by the bakery that she invests more passion. Well, yes. But that’s not why she enjoys it more. Why she enjoys herself more is a function of the passion, not a motivator of the passion.

What that means is if she was focussed on excellence, it wouldn’t matter whether she got paid or not to enjoy herself. This is almost self-evident. It’s why people have sports and hobbies. But what if you could change a chore into a passion?

Changing a nappy, mowing the lawn, dropping the kids at school, heck, commuting, doing your expenses (ok, maybe not doing your expenses); or the day-to-day functions of your job.

Your personal happiness is driven, not extrinsically, by outcomes; but intrinsically by motivation. You’ll be happier by doing your best, than just getting a job done. Any job!

Apart from excellence, my point is also that feelings follow actions. So the next time you have a tedious job to do – just get it done, and you’ll still be bored, frustrated, or apathetic – throw yourself into it and be the best you can be, and you’ll change your mood. And the moods of those around you. And the world!

There’s No Kill Switch on Awesome

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