‘This is my career; this is my chance to do work that actually means something’
Riggan (Michael Keaton) Oscar nominee for Birdman, 2014
Ok, a bizarre way for reflecting on your working life; or is it? We don’t normally think of it in those terms. Work is work right? Would someone buy theater tickets or order an on demand version of your work adventures? Pretty out of the box thinking.
Work is what we do out of necessity as a means for getting what we want, maintaining social status, avenue for independence, taking care of the family. A critical part of living unless you’ve hit the lottery or are the recipient of a generous inheritance from Aunt May.
Never doubt the basic human requirements. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is reality. This is not however, the total screen play. There is much more to the story; behind the scenes there are stunts, drama, humor, trips/falls, music, romance, hard lessons learned, memories and your genuine story. And why is this important again? Because you will spend 1/3 of your lifetime creating your own script; 8 hours, 1/3 of every work day and quite possibly more a week. This statistic does not account for the time via the thought process, dreams, nightmares and planning you spend processing all the work related stuff outside of the normal work hours either.
We have a tendency to dismiss the importance of all that time, as ‘just work’.
Envision yourself in a movie theater, with a bucket of popcorn and a soda, watching your work journey on the big screen. Is it painful to watch, or maybe your fighting a snooze because of it. Hard to believe at that eye drooping moment that it could qualify as award winning instead. Are you captivated by some excitement or by the storyline twists? Does it have a feel good story or make you laugh? Are you willing to see it unfold on the screen again? What do you walk away with?
Change is always tough..but it makes all the sense in the world to do your meaningful work in an environment that thrives or fosters growth. It will also offer diverse experiences, innovates and celebrates failure & productive conflict as the best learning opportunities.
Explore the work possibilities that make you wonder and create the award winning story.