A few interesting sayings that have come to my attention recently:
“Not my circus, not my monkeys.”
This saying falls into the self-preservation at work category. If it seems like things are all wrong, and nobody is doing anything about it, and the people that should aren’t… well then, that’s when you need to remember that it’s not your circus, and those are not your monkeys.
In other words, there is only so much you can do about things, unless you are the owner/boss. So try to be aware of what you can change and what you cannot change. If you can change something for the better, then do it. If you see something that’s wrong, and you can’t change it, tell the person who can change it. After that, remember… ‘not your monkeys’.
“Things may come to those that wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”
-attributed to Abraham Lincoln
First, understand that I am not sure this really came from Abraham Lincoln. I never knew the man, but I just can’t imagine he used the term ‘hustle’. But hey, maybe he did. Or maybe this quote has been translated to more modern dialect.
Whether from Abe or not, it’s a good saying because it remind us that, while patience is a virtue, there is always something that we could be doing right now. For example, you might say there is nothing to do while we are waiting for our next sale in our online business. But in fact, when we are not selling we are always trying to find and list more product for sale. There is always something to be done that contributes to forward progress.
“A bad day spent with a good attitude is better than a good day spent with a bad attitude.”
I once saw a bumper sticker that said “A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work”. I have always remembered and loved that saying. Today while having dinner with my beloved and discussing the merits of a good attitude, the above mash-up came to me.
Because really, even in a sucky job at a Cubicle Farm, a good attitude will greatly improve your day. Not only that, your good attitude will make a positive impact on the people around you. Then their attitude starts to improve, and you all start feeding off the positive energy.
That’s good stuff! I can’t emphasize this enough: Especially when you are surrounded by folks with negative attitudes, committing to your own positive, good attitude is more than just a smiling day… it’s the making of a Cubicle Farm Survivor!
What brings you up at work? What brings you down? What do you do about it?
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