The Key To Falling In Love With Your Job Again
I have discovered the secret to making sure your job is filled with great moments, experiences and buzz. It’s the key to preventing staleness, stagnation and depletion. Seriously- they should make a movie about it. Here it is.
I got the clue watching the movie “The Grand Budapest Hotel” in a Singapore hotel room last week. The aged hotel owner, who occasionally returns to the hotel where he started out as a Bell Boy, always stays in the smallest room, with no bathroom. Later, in the flashbacks, we see it’s the room he lived in as a young lad, when he was learning the trade, and having a blast. That reminded me of another great movie, “Citizen Kane”, where the defeated, miserable, sad media tycoon, on his deathbed, murmurs “Rosebud…Rosebud….” The camera takes us to the attic of his house where we discover the name of his childhood snow sleigh was just that.
You see, both depleted men returned to the source of their greatest happiness- and wanted to spend time in that memory again. And here’s the insight I got from that- powerful and real. And I am putting it into action right now.
When have you been happiest in your careers, and why? What are your fondest memories so far?
Get clear on that, and the future is great.
I thought about my “Rosebud” moments in my career, those experiences that when I think back over 30 years, stick out as the most special, fun, inspiring, energising, memorable, meaningful.
And here’s the magic. Every one of them related to doing exciting, daring, worthwhile work with clients. It’s the client relationships that have given me the biggest buzz.
Des on Lend Lease over 25 years, Simon on New Clicks Holdings/Priceline, Ian on the goldmines and tailings dam spills in far flung countries, Ekkehard all those years ago through Asia on the Vitamin Information Bureau, Cameron and NutraSweet back in the late 80s, Grant and the Becel days at Unilever, the team on Windows 95 and the Xbox adventure, Gary and his early CEO days at SFG. And the list goes on.
So, for me to stay in love with what I do every day- to get new “Rosebud” experiences- I simply HAVE to stay engaged on some client challenges, in the trenches, delivering the work, heart beating fast, creating the value and building the bonds.
Nothing beats it for me. I reckon if you want to be in a service industry, then make damned sure you LOVE delivering outstanding client service, that you get deeply invested in your clients, that you care about their brand, their business, their success, their well-being. As Harold Burson- founder of Burson-Marsteller, told me 25 years ago: “Chris- when someone hits my client with an ice-pick, I bleed.” A bit out there, but I get it- believe it- thirst for it.
So- what to do about it?
Think about your career so far. Think about the moments most memorable to you, where you got the greatest buzz, energy, pleasure, pride, meaning. Think now about what you are doing today…..are you spending time on the stuff that have given you the “Rosebud” moments in the past? If YES, delete and move on- there’s nothing to see here. If NO, then good for you- you have an insight. An insight to falling in love again with your role, job, career.
Don’t waste it. Chase the opportunities to spend time doing what you really, really love from your career. No-one can ever take those moments away from you. Promise.