I’ve waffled and wavered over what to write about in this waxing moon post. However I’ve recently filled my mind with the musings of stoicism, passion, and interest. So I’ve chosen three of my favorite quotes on the aforementioned topics and wrote a little piece about my thoughts in relation to them.
“Although we can’t control which roles are assigned to us, it must be our business to act our given role as best we possibly can and to refrain from complaining about it. Where ever you find yourself and in whatever circumstances, give an impeccable performance.” – interpretation from Epiticus’s work Enchiridion
Stoicism, because it can be very easy to feel sorry for yourself. In fact many people go through life this way, but life owes us nothing. In life you have to take the good with the bad. If you had no bad you would never know what good really means and every bad situation provides you with an opportunity to learn and to grow. In my opinion if you’re not being challenged you are not growing and that’s not the life for me. I want to be challenged, don’t get me wrong, I like having the familiar to go back to but it has exist in combination with a challenge for me to be happy. As well, don’t misunderstand me, I fall victim to the cathartic satisfaction of self pity at times, every person does and if you said otherwise I would be highly speculative of that claim. In the end I always get more pleasure in discovering the solution than wallowing in self pity of the problem.
“A passionate mind is groping, seeking, breaking through, not accepting any tradition; it is not a decided mind, not a mind that has arrived, but it is a young mind that is ever arriving.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
Passion. I probably have to much of this. I feel very passionate about my convictions, ask my family and I’m sure they will tell you. It is most definitely a key to leadership, if you’re not passionate about a topic or a job how are you to inspire others to do their best work? Passion is contagious and as a leader if you lack passion you can be sure your job will be very difficult because motivation starts from you. You are responsible for giving people a reason to feel motivated to accomplish the task they are completing. As a highly motivated person I find it rewarding to motivate someone else or give them that “aha!” moment when everything clicks.
“I think charm is the ability to be truly interested in other people.” – Richard Avedon
Finally interest, genuine interest, be interested, in people, places and things. You don’t need to know every detail of a persons life but in showing a genuine interest when someone shares a piece of their life with you it shows that you care and that they matter. I’ll take a work focus on discussing interest because I feel it’s important to show interest at work and I find it often lacking or inappropriate. At work you must tread the fine line of being professional and human and this is an art that must be mastered. On the human side of things, while I may feel my job is my vocation a job is only a job for most people and it’s my challenge to discover how to motivate people. Are they motivated by money, pride, accountability, success? From experience, when you give people clear consistent standards (that you also follow) and make them accountable for maintaining those standards they will be. From there you can move on to setting goals. People come from all different backgrounds and it is important to aware that everyone has a life outside of their job and it’s that life that gives them a reason to have a job.
Alright that’s all I’ve got for now. I hope this post has been thought provoking. Enjoy the waxing moon where ever you might be. It’s been beautiful in the sky the past few nights here in the southern hemisphere. The peak of the waxing moon will be on May 3rd for those of you who are curious to know.