Enjoying the Job is all in the Mind

SM Olongapo Elevator Girl/ Photo taken from lifestyle.inquirer.net

SM Olongapo Elevator Girl/ Photo taken from lifestyle.inquirer.net

Talk about making the most of a dull job.  Cherry Alejandrino, the SM Olongapo Elevator Girl, made waves by her obvious upbeat take on her job.  Her job would probably make the normal person’s eyes go dull and brain go wandering for the duration of the shift.  All she did, after all, was press buttons on the elevator.

Not Cherry.  Instead of becoming the dull-eyed zombie most people would become, she took it upon herself to become the malls’ one woman tour guide, gaily announcing the stores in each floor.   She happily helps the guests in her elevator cab with a cheery little smile and a funny wiggle of her eyebrows.

She is inspiring.

Most people I know complain endlessly about their jobs.  I’m guilty of the same thing.  I remember when I was still working in the corporate world, we kept wondering about whether there are better jobs out there during our lunch breaks and dreaming about having jobs that are “better”.

What I should have done at that time is I should have enjoyed the job to the fullest and made the most out of it as Cherry is obviously doing.  I would have had a lot more fun at a job that, in hindsight, was actually already a wonderful and exciting job.  Instead I was too busy dreaming about what could be better that I didn’t enjoy the job enough.

If we all just made the most of our jobs, we would all be doing the best we could at our jobs.  Imagine how much good that would do to our respective companies!  It would probably transform the Philippines’ customer service.  The efficiency of the workforce would probably skyrise.

And we’d all be a lot happier in the process.

Let’s face it, this is reality.  In reality, very few people have the luxury of being in a job or business that is also a constant source of fun.  A lot of people enjoy singing, for example, but only a handful can make a career of it.

I remember Hubby S saying the same thing once.  He said that it’s usually not about doing something you love, instead he takes it upon himself to find something to love about the job he is doing.  For him, it’s all about attitude.  Enjoyment is a frame of mind.

We shouldn’t be asking: “What job should I get to make me happy?”

The right question to ask is “What can I do to make THIS job fun?”

Look at Cherry.  In her own little way, with her humble position, she has managed to make the shopping experience of the guests a whole lot better.  She didn’t just press buttons, she obviously found a way to enjoy herself and in turn, she made everyone around her have fun as well.  She has managed to make her mark.

We should all take a page out of her book.

The questions we ask ourselves shouldn’t be “What job should I get to make me happy?”.

The question we should ask is “What can I do to make THIS job fun?”



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