Find something you love to do and you will never work a day in your life. This old adage has been around forever but does it ring true to you? If you are one of those few people that “love” what you do, I would like to have a talk with you.
I have reached a stage in my life where balancing ailing parents, raising young kids, having a stable home life all while running a successful office starts to become a grind on a daily basis. If I told you I was alone with this sentiment, I would lying to you. Everyone has passions and interests, but passions and interests don’t pay the bills. Anytime I can get a day or a few hours off, I take them because taking time out of the office is few and far between.
It may not seem like I am in the offices much, but when you balance two offices, family and staff, things get stretched pretty thin at times. So, if you call the office and we are not in that particular office, it does not mean that I’m out playing golf or enjoying myself, I’m just at another office, so while it seems like a day off to the person calling, we are actually working.
I’ve been in business for over 11 years now and we have learned to brush off a lot of the snarky comments that people lay on us throughout the day. I’m not saying anything that the people that read this blog, but our practice is the ultimate example of the 80/20 rule. The rule basically says that: 80 percent of the problems in the practice (or life for that matter) are caused by 20 percent of the people that walk through the door.
If I could handpick the people that walk through the door and not treat the people that cause the majority of issues it would be a lot less stressful and eventful, but what fun would that be. I have this discussion all the time with the people in my life, we will treat nearly everyone that walks in the door because it is the right thing to do and as a health care provider, you make an oath to help people to the best of your ability.
Part of being an adult is getting up in the morning and showing up, I was taught when I was young that half the battle in life is just showing up. If you show up, the odds of you putting forward some sort of effort is pretty good, so just keep showing up.
By showing up, you are signing up for the grind, life is a grind, I don’t care what anyone else says, there are certain things in you life that you don’t want to do but as a responsible human being you do what needs to be done. Finding enjoyment in this process, is ever elusive but always being sought. I look at the schedule every day and determine, where else would I rather be right now (lots of places, but an adult keeps showing up to work), I get to be my own boss, help people with lots of issues and problems, there are not a lot of people that can say that.
While showing up to work on a daily basis is a grind, I am finding enjoyment is seeing numerous people with different life stories and adventures. Getting to know people on a personal is fun for me and the broad topics that are talked about and discussed in the office is interesting. Not everyone can say that they enjoy their job, I do.
Find enjoyment in what you do, keep doing it and just know that you are not alone in the grind but the small things do make coming to work and helping people well worth it….Just Keep Going.