Q: How can I enjoy things I don’t enjoy?
MG fields a question that stood out from a recent survey. Maria wondered how she might enjoy some of the things she really doesn’t, namely her job.
MG recounts his experience – an early job out of college as a software support specialist. The only challenge? The job was never a challenge. MG was extremely bored by the work, which required no creativity. He was left feeling as though his contribution was insignificant.
To answer Maria’s question, he takes two tacks. First, MG leans on a great quote by Dr. Wayne Dyer, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
While the job was not really enjoyable, MG shifted his perception to the assets the job provided: good pay and the ability to surf as often as he wanted. It also provided an opportunity to learn from a young millionaire software developer.
The second part of the solution was found in “The Great Eight that Separate,” something Napoleon Hill used to talk about.
While anyone might be tied to a job they don’t like for eight hours, and while everyone must sleep approximately eight hours for their well-being, there still remains another eight hours for anyone to pursue their ideal future.
By gleaning any assets he could from the job he didn’t enjoy, and applying his time creatively toward his goals and ideals during “the other eight hours,” he was able to move along the PATH on his QUEST.
The postscript is that a future company he would co-found ultimately proliferated and flourished because of the skills and knowledge he gained from the software support job he didn’t enjoy very much.
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