I guess I should explain this blog right out of the gate. No, I'm not disappointed in my jobs, this statement is something I've often heard people say over and over again about working. Yesterday was no different and it wasn't even a fellow employee, but a customer. Of course this started my wheels turning, because here I was going about my day, getting things done at work and just going with the flow of the day.
I guess you could just say this blog hit me.
No one likes work, let's face it, it's work. We all have our days we'd rather be home in bed, watching stupid movies, and just being lazy. Or off doing something fun we enjoy. However, that is not reality.
To make the statement, they don't pay me enough, really makes no sense. Regardless of the job we do, you will find someone saying this very thing. Why, because all too often value ourselves too highly.
If I felt this way I would never have written my first book. Why, because of the time, effort, and yes, rejections that go into writing a novel. The pay, well, unless you're in the big time, really sucks, so is it worth the pay? Not so much. Then why do we do it? Because it's in our blood.
Working is an every day occurrence for most people in this life. We get up, we go to work, we do our job, we go home. We get a paycheck, we pay bills, we barely have anything left over to get us through the week, and we repeat.
With every job comes shit, but if you are always looking at it on the negative side, well, you are never going to see the good behind the job you are hired to do.
I can honestly say I don't believe I've ever truly hated any job I've ever done. Sure, I've had days where I didn't want to go, everybody does. Would I like more pay, who doesn't? And yes, work is work. There's no getting around it.
However, to me work is also a place to prove to yourself you have what it takes to get up everyday, head out into the world, and be the person you want to be. At every job there are going to be people you feel don't do enough. I've been there done that over and over in my 34 years of working. Then we have our days where we just have enough in ourselves to get through a day. It happens.
I had a job once where one boss thought things should be done a certain way, the other boss, however, was a smart lady. She knew that at the end of the day, if the work that needed done was getting done, it didn't matter how the person accomplished it. See, the thing I learned from her was there is no right or wrong way of doing anything. Each person is different. What might work for one person may not work for another. So each person does their tasks in the manner that best suits them.
Hard work does pay off regardless of how much you are paid. I wouldn't be a published author today if I was so concerned about how much I get paid all the time. Hell, I haven't even made a dollar an hour yet if you consider the time and effort that goes into writing a novel versus how much we actually make off of our writing. Over the course of twenty-one years I've put in 56,448 hours of writing. That's give or take a few hours, but that's the jest of it. So until I'm well into the millions royalty wise, well, let's just say, it is probably still not being paid enough to balance out much by the hour, just saying.
So why do I torture myself creating worlds, characters, and the like? Because this is who I am. I love reading and writing and creating. It is a side of myself I would do even if I never made a dime. I look at every job I do as something worth doing. Sure, realistically we need money to live. Sure, we want to make as much as we can for our time. But, that is on us, in our life choices on which job we do. The choice is on us in the education we obtain to work better paying jobs. And the choice is ours at how we go into our job each day and what attitude we bring with us.
I for one chose to look at any job I do as not a waste of time, but as a place that has something to teach me about this world and this life. For the highest education we can receive in this lifetime is not taught in books, but is learned from the world around us. You can't put a price on that.
Everyone have a lovely day!!!
Blessings to all!!!