“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
Recently Digiday ran a piece called “Why Agency People Are Unhappy.” Unhappy people in advertising are nothing new. One could simply head over to Agency Spy and read through the comments section for proof. It never ceases to amaze me that people would take time out of their day to anonymously spew venom.
I love my job.
Truly. Madly. Deeply.
I get paid to come up with ideas.
I get paid to surround myself with some of the smartest, most creative, interesting, fun human beings on the planet.
C’mon people of advertising, stop and think about it for a minute…
What do we really have to complain about?
My brother-in-law wears a Hazmat suit to work every day and cleans up hazardous waste. In my opinion, he could complain about his job. He doesn’t, but he could.
Oncologists deliver heartbreaking news to patients every day. Firemen rush into burning buildings without hesitation. ‘Enlisted Military Personnel’ ranks top of the most stressful jobs of 2014 list. I could think of a few reasons to complain about any of those jobs.
What we do is fun.
We concept. We imagine. We build. We laugh.
We read. We write. We draw. We tinker.
We discuss movies, books, music, art, technology.
We work with directors, developers, artists, designers, photographers.
We travel to pretty amazing places and stay in posh hotels.
We. Get. Paid. To. Do. This.
A client recently started a meeting by telling us, his agency team, that we were the highlight of his day. I don’t know about any of you but that makes me happy.
I’m not saying it’s all sunshine, rainbows & lollipops.
I fully recognize that there are frustrating days, bad meetings and terrible coworkers.
Know what makes a terrible coworker? A complainer.
The Debbie Downers might just be the biggest issue with our industry.
They poison the well, bring down the crowd and are difficult to work with. They argue incessantly. Their pissy, cranky, self-destructive attitudes make bad days worse. They turn small problems into ginormous situations. Their glass isn’t even a quarter full. They try to suck every ounce of fun out of a room.
But I won’t let them. I believe positivity is the kryptonite to their naysaying ways.
If you don’t love your job, find a new one.
Work at a place where you are loved, supported, valued.
Surround yourself with smart, funny, interesting, ridiculously talented people.
Walk with some Pollyanna pep in your step.
Smile that contagious smile.
And most importantly, if you love your job don’t be afraid to admit it.
Haters gonna hate? Nah.
Lovers gonna love.