What is your job?
Or, more importantly, what is your job not?
One evening, late on a Friday night, I asked myself what I was accomplishing, and what I was achieving. Who am I working for? What’s the bigger picture? How am I making this happen?
Sometimes, to figure out what to do, you have to make a “do not” list. A “Your job is NOT” list.
So, frustrated, I scratched a few reminders and notes down in my journal. What am I doing? I thought. What really needs to be done?
Here’s a few:
- Your job is not checking email.
- Your job is not (just) making other people happy.
- Your job is not to stay late.
- Your job is not to be miserable.
- Your job is not to make other people miserable.
- Your job is not procrastinating.
- Your job is not acting in a way that goes against your beliefs.
- Your job is not to be bored.
- Your job is not your life.
What is your job?
- Your job is something you do.
- Your job might help you to pay the bills.
- Your job is a place to create great work.
- Your job is to learn.
- Your job is to bring your unique and necessary skillset to particular projects.
- Your job is to excel.
- Your job is to innovate, improve, and generate.
- Your job is to to make your boss look great.
- Your job is to use your judgment wisely.
- Your job is to be the best professional you can be, given your knowledge, expertise and judgment.
- Your job is to be a great teammate.
- Your job is to make others’ work better.
- Your job is to grow.
Am I missing anything? Of course. Chime in.
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