I have shared my work and life mantra with many over the past few weeks. It reminded me of one of my earlier blog posts which I felt was worth repeating:
At some point everyone should develop a general mantra for their life…Mine is pretty simple and revolves around the following:
1– “If you don’t ask, you don’t get.”
Perhaps you are a working mom and you want to work from home a few days a week to be able to balance your work and family life, but no one in your organization has done it before. Someone has to be the first one. Don’t be afraid to ask! All your leader can say is no, but if you never ask, how will you know?
2– “You have to look out for number one… if you don’t, no one else will.”
Even though one would like to think everyone is kind and thoughtful and looking to do the “right thing”…let’s face it, many people follow the WIIFM (What’s In It for Me?) factor.
For example, you may want to get promoted and have a leader or mentor looking out for you, but don’t count on it. You have to put in the effort to make it happen. Others may be supportive, but don’t expect them to make it happen for you. You have to work hard to get something you really want for yourself!
I’ll repeat…You have to look out for number one (which is yourself) because if you don’t, no one else will (some things are worth repeating).
3– Work to live, don’t live to work.
This gets back to my overall YOLO (You Only Live Once) philosophy. No one on their death bed says they wish they would have worked more. Since you spend so many of the hours of the day at work, there should be some level of enjoyment, but don’t let work consume you. Getting paid for work should enable you to enjoy life and have fun… A Ferris Bueller movie quote comes to mind…”Yup, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…Life moves pretty fast… If you don’t stop and look around every once in a while, you could miss it.”