Well, I was asked this question a few times since I’ve been working at CodeinWP. Maybe my answer is too “mainstream”: to be a better person, to improve myself, to make myself useful to the others and to me as well.
I’m not doing anything because I have to or because people ask me to. I try to do the things because I want to do them. Of course, you won’t ever like every task or activity you’ll have, but at least I try to find the fun and the utility in each.
No matter what you’re doing and how much you avoid certain things, you’ll always come to the nasty and ugly parts. Sooner or later. But nothing is as bad as it seems unless you let it be that way.
Now let’s get back to the main question: what makes me work with pleasure?
it makes me better
Of course, like everyone, I have days when I feel like I’m tired of everything or “Oh, that again?”. BUT we are just people, aren’t we? We have our ups and downs.
How often do you feel like not doing anything? This guy knows better.
However, the lazy days come and go and I go back to work fresher than ever. First of all, I like to write. And my main and indisputable purpose is to become a better writer. This blog helps me to keep myself in shape every day. And I feel like it has positive effects on me. I’ll keep doing this constantly to see what happens. And I know that only good things can result from writing all the time. It will help me to become better every day. Not with much, but considerably much to have big consequences in the future.
You know, little by little becomes a lot at some point.
Apart from writing, I like to experiment various fields. I don’t always write at work, I do other interesting and challenging things as well. But mostly I do write. This is my small contribution.
Sometimes, being told to do various things motivates me as well. Even if in the first place it makes me a little helpless or confused about what exactly do I need to do, every single thing will be useful at some point, in one way or another. Maybe you don’t notice each task’s utility now, but you will surely do in the future. Everything contributes to your self-development.
For instance, this blog was not my initiative and, if you ask me, I don’t know if I would have created one in the near future. Sometimes, being pushed a little bit from behind works. It’s checked and proved.
It doesn’t always have to come from you, the most important thing is to be able to keep it up.
Having a great team behind does motivate you
It’s always important to have happy, open-mind, and helpful people around you. Living in a hostile environment will affect your work considerably. I don’t lack in this chapter, so everything’s fine for now. I like to come to work. We even have weekly (or almost) activities and we’re experiencing awesome things together.
By the way, last week we went to play tennis. It was really fun.
It’s very important to work with smart and fun(ny) guys, who are always ready to help when you need it. No matter how good you are, no matter how much you are willing to learn, and no matter how much you tell yourself that you can do all by yourself, the team spirit is the one that motivates you even better.
Work for yourself, not for the others
I often hear people saying “He/she wanted me to do this for him/her. And I did, I hope they are happy now.” First of all, it does matter HOW your superior asked you to do it. The way he asked you to do that certain thing. Because if he orders you and looks down on you, you will definitely feel like you’re doing everything for him and you will hate him. You will feel somehow like doing him lots of favors each day. It doesn’t have to be like that.
The tone of voice and the way you’re asked to do something does matter. Here is the difference between doing something for others and doing it for you. It’s a thin and delicate line that separates the two sides.
It’s not my case. I always feel like everything I’m doing I’m doing it for myself. I’m the one who gains experience, skills, and achievements. I’m the only winner here.
How can somebody complain about something that in the end only makes them better and complete? Even if I think you can never feel complete, no matter what level you have reached in time. To be complete means to be perfect. And, let’s be honest, no one will ever be. You can at least be a master, but never a master who reached perfection.
In the end…
There’s only one thing that matters when working. Perspective. It all depends on how you see things and how much you try to bring out the best from what you’re doing. Be aware that any small thing you do is for your own good. You’ll be surprised to see that sometimes, somewhere you’ll be able to apply it, even if you think it’s useless now.
It’s also true that you won’t ever do only nice and pleasant things and the ugly ones will contribute to your self-development as well. But you can’t pass through water without getting wet. Well, I probably exaggerate, but it applies a bit.
To keep yourself motivated, you first need to know your goals, to accept criticism, and to stay focused on each thing that in some way leads you to those goals.
I think there’s a thin line between success and failure. Sometimes, ones are more gifted than others but sometimes the attitude leads you to higher places.