It is Labor Day here in the United States. It is a holiday where we honor working people which, as far as I can tell, is everyone. I am romantic about work and working. Work has been of one of the essential factors in my life, starting from a very young age. My relationship with work, and discipline, and effort has only grown stronger, and what better day than Labor Day to share 10 of my most powerful beliefs about work.Work is either drudgery or something more: Work is either drudgery or something far more significant. It is either your job or your work. The difference is what you believe about your work and how you approach it. If it is a “have to,” it is toil. If it is “get to,” then it is undoubtedly something more. Since my 13th birthday, when I started my first full-time position washing dishes, I have never felt that work was drudgery. That was true when I put stucco on houses, worked in a warehouse, or shoveled driveways. It always felt like contribution to me, and it still does.Work is your reflection: Work is a reflection of the person who does it. The outcome is a variable, meaning one person’s work can be wildly better than others. If you believe it is something to be avoided and decide to do as little as is required of you, your relationship with work will be negative, as well as your outcomes. If you believe you are creating, then your relationship with work will be positive, as will your personal and professional outcomes.Regardless of what it is, work is honorable: In acting, they say there are no small parts, only small players. The truth about work is that something needs to be done, and someone needs to do it. That something might be leading the largest enterprise on Earth, or it might be ensuring that the trash is removed from the building (which in some recent cases, might include removing the person leading the large enterprise). All work is honorable, and you should treat it as such.Work can improve you: Work is one of the ways you grow. It can improve you. It can improve how you feel about yourself. You can learn new skills, including the skills necessary to work with other people. Work can enhance your competencies, helping you to become something more than you are now, and making you more valuable to other people.Work improves others: Much of the work we do now is to benefit another person or persons. The value we create is for customers and clients. In the public sector, the work is for the benefit of many different groups of stakeholders. I often wonder how people would feel if they knew their work was appreciated and valued.No one will stop you from doing more work than is necessary: I have only rarely ever found a person who was willing to stop me from doing more than excepted. In my case, the people I worked with threatened me with violence for working harder than they found acceptable. They believed the owner wasn’t paying them enough to work as hard as I was working. That one experience is the only one of its kind in my memory. Any time you want to do more than is necessary, you are going to find that no one will stop you from doing exceptional work where others do what is required of them (or as little as they believe they can get away with).No one should ever need to tell you what work to do: No one would ever tell you what to do. You should be proactive in your approach to work, always looking for what needs to be done and doing it before anyone can ask you to. If you don’t need a boss, you will likely be the boss. Call it being proactive, taking initiative, or hustle, you should make your work your own.Accountability brings greater responsibility: The person who decides to be accountable for some set of outcomes ends up responsible for those outcomes. When someone gives a person some responsibility, they also give them resources with which to achieve those outcomes, i.e., a management or leadership role. The opposite is also true; one that avoids accountability will not receive greater responsibility—or opportunities.Work is part, but not all, of your identity: I am a writer. I am also a salesperson, sales leader, and speaker. I am also a teacher, and sometimes, I am a business philosopher. Because we spend so much of our time working, we identify people, in part, by what it is they do. It tells us something about them, and it lets us tell them something about us, even if it isn’t the most important thing one might want someone to know.Those who don’t love work are doing it wrong. If you don’t love work, you are either doing it wrong or doing the wrong work. One is as likely as the other. You might be doing it wrong by going through the motions and leaving your emotions (your passion) at home. Or maybe you are meant to be somewhere else doing something different. Either way, you can do better.Do good work. Tomorrow. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now
In a bid to ramp up its IT infrastructure, the Jharkhand government on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with US-based technology major Oracle to enhance delivery of services to citizens as well as make the State more attractive for startups.“We are ramping up IT infrastructure in the State and have initiated programs in this direction. We are undertaking continued efforts to bridge the gap between the government and the citizens through use of IT,” Raghubar Das, Chief Minister of Jharkhand, said at an event in New Delhi.He added that the government of Jharkhand and Oracle will jointly explore and identify areas in which Oracle’s cloud-based technologies can be used to support entrepreneurship.The CM also asked Oracle to explore the option of opening a state-of-the-art software development centre in the State.“We will collaborate to create proof of concepts and help new startups using Oracle cloud-based platforms to operationalize citizen services and startup centres that would further the vision of the CM to increase employment and alleviate poverty,” Oracle CEO Safra Catz said.Stating that India is one of the “greatest possible opportunity”, Ms Catz said that cloud is triggering broad innovation within the technology industry and will drive change and increase efficiency within emerging economies like India.Oracle’s cloud services will be used to support the State by providing transparent governance, the Jharkhand government said, adding that the tech giant’s expertise in areas of ICT infrastructure, real estate, health, education, housing for Ranchi smart city project will also be utilised.
The trade community in Srinagar has suffered an estimated loss of ₹1,000 crore in the past week due to the restrictions imposed after the Centre abrogated provisions of Article 370 and divided Jammu & Kashmir into two Union Territories, stakeholders claimed on Sunday.“The average loss of business per day in Kashmir today is to the tune of at least ₹175 crore as life has come to a standstill due to the restrictions imposed by the authorities,” a member of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) said.The trade body leader requested anonymity as “I do not want any trouble from the authorities”.“Bakeries and livestock dealers have been the worst-hit by the restrictions as people are not able to come out of their homes to make purchases. The bakery owners stand to suffer losses to the tune of ₹200 crore as their products have a lesser shelf life,” he said.A bakery owner in Karan Nagar area of the city said he alone stands to lose around ₹1 crore.“I have an inventory of ₹50 lakh and overhead costs of ₹20 lakh. Since there are no sales to show for, the interest on bank loans will break the back of my business,” he said.While some bakeries in the civil lines area of the city were running, the outlets in downtown city were not allowed to be opened by the authorities.Bashir Ahmed, a livestock dealer, hailing from Poonch, had come to Kashmir with his herd of goats and sheep in the hope of making some profit through sale of sacrificial animals on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha, but he said he might have to take most of them back with him.“Last year around this time, I had sold off all my herd and was headed home to celebrate Eid with my family. This year I have sold only 15 of the 200-odd goats I had brought along,” Ahmad said.With curbs on the movement of people, the livestock dealer is finding it very difficult to find food for his herd.“As the restrictions were eased on Saturday, we were hopeful that sales might pick up on Sunday and Monday. However, the hopes have been dashed now,” he said, adding that he would make his way towards Poonch on Monday morning with whatever livestock is left with him.Mohammed Yasin, a readymade garments dealer in Lal Chowk, has walked three days in a row from his Hazratbal home to his shop in hopes of selling some of the stocks he had purchased for Eid.“With the situation so uncertain, people are not preparing to celebrate Eid as they would in the past years. Buying new clothes, a tradition among Kashmiri Muslims on Eid, is not on their mind this time,” Yasin said.The roadside vendors, who sell second-hand merchandise from TRC crossing to Polo View, have also been severely affected as they have not been allowed to set up their stalls on the Eid eve.“Sunday market, as this place is popularly known, has been the poor man’s favourite shopping place to buy branded clothing. Not all goods sold here are second-hand.. some of the goods are those rejected by big brands which are then off-loaded at throwaway prices.“We have customers coming here from every nook and corner of the valley –most of them from rural areas of Kashmir — on occasions like Eid but there will be no Eid for us this time and probably no Eid for our patrons as well,” said Sajjad Hussain, a roadside vendor who had come early on Sunday morning to check the possibility of displaying his goods.
View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Davao hammers listless Bacoor; Cebu triumphs They have been the two best clubs in the Philippine Superliga and, as another championship unfolds, Petron and F2 Logistics are all set for yet another heavyweight showdown.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño The Blaze Spikers and the Cargo Movers collide at 6 p.m. on Saturday as Game 1 of the All-Filipino Conference best-of-three championship series blasts off at Mall of Asia Arena.It’s the fifth straight finals that Petron and F2 Logistics will face each other, underscoring the rise of their rivalry.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefThe two teams have seven titles between them.At 4 p.m., Cignal and Generika-Ayala collide in the bronze-medal match. Petron opened the conference with 10 consecutive victories in the preliminary round, before whipping Sta. Lucia and Cignal in the playoffs, to keep its hopes of sweeping the conference alive.“We can’t think of the sweep right away; our mission is to win the title first and foremost,” said Petron coach Shaq delos Santos.“If in the process of winning the title, we sweep all our games, then well and good.”Three years ago, the franchise, made up of an entirely different core, won all its 14 matches to clinch the All-Filipino title.This time, Petron will rely on heavyweights Mika Reyes, Aiza Pontillas, Ces Molina, Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons.ADVERTISEMENT In Petron’s way is a solid crew culled from the country’s most successful college program of late headed by Ramil de Jesus, one of the best local volleyball coaches these days.“We have to be realistic because F2 Logistics also has a solid lineup, a good coaching system and they have been playing together for a long time,” added Delos Santos, whose wards dominated the Cargo Movers in their first encounter, 22-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-20.F2’s core is forged from La Salle’s volleyball program, with the likes of Cha Cruz-Behag, Aby Maraño, Majoy Baron, Kim Kianna Dy and Kim Fajardo leading the charge.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’