I’m Not a Pushover
Simon Sinek is another author or TED speaker that has opened a new perspective in my daily life. This is the concept of knowing why. For example, why do I put so much effort in the work that I do from day to day? He suggests that starting with Why is the most important part, how you’re going to execute, and what is the result.
I can honestly say for the longest time I did not know why I worked in my job besides the fact it paid the bills. Recently in my job, I’ve been facing a lot of difficult situations on multiple levels. For example, people have mentioned that I’m a pushover, a too much of a yes man. My rebuttal is quite simple, I know my why.
There is one main reason why I’m highly agreeable and that is, my purpose in my job is the serve the customer. We exist as a company because of our customers and to make a difference you have to practice what you preach. That is my main why. I always lead by example because your words mean nothing if you can demonstrate that to your coworkers/staff.
My second minor why is the fact that I really enjoy the struggle. I’m in love with the process of working through problems and coming to a solution. This isn’t for any type of short term accolades or recognition from coworkers or management. I do it because I feel like it’s a personal win. I don’t even do it for the money, I do it for pride and I do it for me. I mentioned in my previous article about resume points, struggles always present opportunities to fight or flee. I’m always a fighter, stubborn, and I won’t stop until it’s physically impossible. As you go through the process, win the small battles, as a by-product, your reputation begins to grow. I love to look back at these hard times and realize that I’m a better person because of it.
My third minor why is that I really do it for my staff. They are the front line of our phone lines and face the brunt of the angry phone calls. If there is something in my power where I can help them in any way I will, because I care (another why).
The take away from my article is obviously knowing your why. Ask why more often and be prepared to reflect and audit everything. Even in hard times, I try to remind myself why I’m doing it in the first place. I know some people are money motivated and that sucks cause that logic is messed up. Invest in the long-term game of upping your skills and reputation before you cash in. It’s dead simple, work hard, know why you’re doing it, and stop caring about what people think and just do you.