“It’s not going to happen”, I heard her say. “I cannot give everything I have on cold, calculated remuneration. There has to be something larger here, a greater plan that includes what I’m about, a purpose that I see fit to devote my time to”.
You could have easily heard a ‘YEAH!’ as I fist-pumped the air (sorry, the paper thin walls created the world’s worst sound barrier).
This lady may not of got the job (or she may of) but she stood up and told the world what she believes in as well as what she stands for – ( just happens to be the most potent two traits of every passionate person that has ever walked the earth, from Ghandi to Galileo). I felt like giving her a massive hug as the door opened, but though this may of created a strange atmosphere, coming from a stranger who of course had ‘heard nothing’, I wanted to tell her that her words resonated with me like you wouldn’t believe.
Can there be anything more inspiring than gaining loyalty through appreciating time and using potential strengths and personal passion as a mandatory provision of employment. We’re not talking about University degrees here in the hope of getting a job. I’m talking about personal belief, emotional intelligence and a life topic that fires us up to discuss – the goose bump moments in our work and personal lives.
Shouldn’t we be making a conscious effort to find that…and more importantly, to do that?
I have constantly believed that people have a greater purpose to their employment than remuneration. When employed, we must move beyond remuneration and into an understanding and appreciation of what I like to call ‘purpose fitting’. This is the best way to get the best result from our people, and frankly, to obtain 100% of their skill set and work value. When this happens, we begin to inspire our people to live a sensational life as well as set the happiness metric of our internal work culture.
Regardless of situation, creed or circumstance, people enter into partnerships with other people. Both parties have agreed to enter into a time exchanging agreement – since our time is unknown and extremely precious, being specific is the only answer to time well spent.
I had a manager who once thought that if the bottom line looked good, everything else would take care of itself. Including his job. There was no real thought behind teams and understanding his people. You can imagine what sort of culture this breeds in a small team. An atmosphere of mistrust, unhappiness and cultural negativity ensured which would be pumped through the veins of sales people who had to go out and sell the company product. What a farce!
I’ve always believed that I would consider returning to a restaurant if the service was great but the meal needed improving. But I would never give rudeness and a good meal a second chance.
The nuance between offering a great product along with a great attitude has been displayed as a measure for success time and time again. But the instances of having one without the other are so commonplace that it becomes the reason why so many organisations spend so much effort and resources on loyalty programs, advertising and hiring new people – it’s just astonishing to consider that all it takes is a great attitude while pushing what you love.
So to recap: If you can find what you love, you’ll put yourself in the best possible position to have all other pieces of the puzzle fall into place. If we aim for a ‘job’ we’ll be aiming for decades.
Cut through the hype. Find your goosebumps.
About the Author
Barry Nicolaou is the #1 International Best Selling Author of The 11 Master Secrets to Business Success and Personal Fulfillment. He is available for speaking engagements surrounding the most destructive personal habits which stop us from achieving the growth we want for ourselves professionally and personally. He is Director and founder of Industry Agency ShoeCircle.com.au and life-purpose website barrynicolaou.com