This saying, “Love what you do” is so overly said that it is easy to lose sight of its true depth and relevance to a productive, happy, creative existence in any work place. The expectation of the saying can be equally problematic to achieving the kind of “Love” that is being suggested. The dilemma in loving what one does thankfully is not the specific job, for all jobs have their merit. The problem lays in the idea the worker has of himself relative to the label of the job he has. Life rarely serves up ideal circumstances to exercise our ideals. Survival could be the order of the day and when we are forced into a job that does not reflect who we think we are, we suffer. The internal conflict in thinking how the job is being perceived from the outside, misrepresents the idea of myself on the inside, robbing me of the possibility of ever loving what I do or could be doing.
So what’s the solution in a difficult job market that does not reflect my ideal, if I want the possibility of ever loving what I do?
The answer is for the worker to change the idea he has of himself which automatically changes the reason why he works. The great thing about this is that the effort to shift in totally on the worker, and if blessed, supported by good management. It’s me that’s working; I decide how I see the job and more importantly how I see myself in the job. Could it be this easy? Yes, it is that easy, at least conceptually…
The mountain that needs to be climbed in order to attain the love of freedom in the work place is equal to the opinion you have of yourself. Most of us suffer from an extraordinary opinion of ourselves and have suffered for most of our lives with it, so we may not have a reference point for freedom in the workplace or in life for that matter, or have any idea of what it really is to love what one does for a living. With only the idea of money, power, hard work, the pressure to getting IT right, the fear of reprisal for getting it wrong, it is possible one may not have a reference for love and freedom in the work place or more commonly called the “rat race”. If this is you, you may want to get to a doctor, get your blood pressure checked and assess the collateral damage this kind of work life has resulted in. If this is the only life you know I can assure you there is another way that will require you to peripherally change nothing, keep the same job, keep the same family, keep the same friends. So what changes? Your sensitivity to the quality of how free you are within the work place, which may seem like an oxymoron but its not, its how it could be.
The key here is knowing and defining what we are going after. This is about love and freedom in the work place. Loving who and what we are while we are working, and how our presence within the job fills us with a sense of purpose, is the task at hand.
This is not about removing anything, it is about keeping what we already have available to us closer. So what needs to be closer? The moment at hand needs to be closer. The closer we get to “what is” the simpler and clearer the task at hand becomes. When we can make our world simpler a taste of what freedom and self-respect in the workplace presents itself, regardless of the perceived chaos surrounding us. This is true power. Having the ability to see through fresh eyes allows us to make choices that are relevant to the objective at hand. This kind of vision allows us to have the freedom and creates the space to really enjoy the challenges that we are faced with in the work space, culminating in a feeling that can only be described as “Loving what one does.”
Granted film and stage actors are continually faced with this issue. The classic journey for the actor is to work in a restaurant, take classes and audition until one gets ones big break. Every job is hopefully a loving self respecting step towards another job. Even after the actor becomes a Star he’s still looking to get the next job. Acting is that way and there are lessons we can learn from the great actor on how to love what one is doing no matter what role one is playing. The main lesson is that in order to realize the potential of a scene an actor must be uninhibited and free to make choices, and then act on them. This self proclaimed permission to take risks and exercise free will within the frame work of the scene allows the actor to close in on realizing the potential of the moment at hand, within the time allowed. Ideally we allow ourselves this kind of permission in any job we have. An effort like this is an indication that one loves his job.
When we have a job we love, certain things are occurring. We are relaxed and our perception of where we are and how we are, in the work place is heightened; the workspace seems fun and full of possibilities. Personality conflicts don’t exist because you feel good, not to mention, you’re not there to make friends you’re there to fulfill your potential within the time, with the tasks and skill that defines your job. All this good attitude and unobstructed effort allows the worker to fill up and energize himself while working, hence productivity is at its highest. Workers who love what they have less missed work days due to health and personal issues.
Fostering environments and hiring personal that love what they do give the company or production the greatest chance to succeed and realize its potential. When this happens we know there is someone who LOVES WHAT THEY DO at the helm.
Thomas Ardavany is an acting teacher and life coach for aspiring artistic and professional talent. He is an exceptional individual who has touched the lives of countless people through the Ardavany Approach, a unique method for enhancing perception and creative expression that helps individuals overcome their fears and connect to their power. It blends cold reading, scene study, interactive exercises, on-camera experience, and other tools to help t the actor. He is a respected practitioner with a unique energy and passion for helping performers and people from all walks of life succeed. Through self-awareness, a warm spirit, and “no-holds-barred” honesty, he seeks to influence the lives of all his students. Clients include Josh Holloway from Lost, Matt Gerald from Avatar, Rudy Reyes from “Apocalypse Man”. [email protected] / Twitter @ARDAVANY / FB https://www.facebook.com/Theardavanyapproach / 310 382 0907