I was cruising through the blog-o-sphere the other day. (Doesn’t that word (blog-o-sphere) put you in mind of a hamster in one of those clear plastic rolley things that they run around in? Maybe that’s what we really are: a bunch of hamsters in rolley plastic things cruising from blog post to blog post, bouncing off them and then heading the other way. Or maybe not.) Anyway, as I was cruising, I ran across this article on Forbes.com.
Hey, I said to myself, this article is called “10 Steps to Happiness at Work.” I speak about Happiness at Work. I know how to read. I need to totally read this article.
Then I saw the picture of Beyonce Knowles advertising face cream, clicked on that, and off I went in my hamster-like rolley thing . . . . No, really, I did read the article, and after thinking about it, decided to write about it. Isn’t that what we all took English class for way back in the day?
So this guy, Srikumar Rao, wrote a book called Happiness at Work, and Forbes took some of the ideas from it and condensed it down to “10 Steps to Happiness at Work.” As if you can find happiness at work or in life or anywhere by simply following steps. Actually, isn’t that what we all want out of a self-help book: the magic answer. Follow my 10 Steps, 7 Habits, 50 Shades, 3 Stooges (okay, those were for me), and life will be simple.
Well, guess what folks? Life ain’t simple. And neither is happiness. But sometimes, it could be well, maybe a little, eensie, weensie bit simpler. That’s not to say I didn’t like what Mr. Rao had to say (I know, I know, he’s my competition, I shouldn’t say nice things—but you know, I’m just following some of his advice: Don’t waste time being jealous. I think that was number 5, or maybe 6.). Anyway, without having read his book, and going off of what Forbes.com wrote, which who knows, if the writer isn’t very good at writing book reports, could be way off the mark, and I think I’m digressing into a run-on sentence…. Mrs. Nelson, my fifth grade English teacher, would be very upset right now. STOP READING MRS. NELSON.
Anyway, what I’m trying to say, is that Mr. Rao has some pretty complicated and profound things to say about happiness in the workplace. Deep stuff. In fact, I would guess that his ideas are drawn from thousands of years of human philosophy and religion and wisdom, which Forbes.com condensed into 10 Steps, so they can sell more magazines and raise advertising dollars. (Thousands of years into 10 Steps—Imagine! And with pretty pictures!) Here are some of the steps to a happier life:
- Stop labeling yourself
- Don’t be jealous
- Let go of grudges
- Invest in the process, not the outcome
- Think about other people
- Find passion in you and not your job
- Stop wanting so much
- Be mindful
This is all great stuff, and I heartily subscribe to it. But although Forbes.com has the 10 Steps, along with the pretty pictures, it certainly doesn’t have the “How in the heck am I supposed to Let Go of Grudges,” part of the 10 Steps. Or the “How do I Invest in the Process, Not the Outcome, and by the way, what the heck does that mean exactly?”
Of course, we could all read Mr. Rao’s book and find out. But even if we did, we might be back where we started. My point simply is that people from Sufi mystics to Native American shamans, to Buddhist monks and Christian saints have been looking for ways to achieve all of these things, to practice all of these things, ever since cave man days, and holy cow (that’s a Hindu reference, BTW), it ain’t easy to do. (Did you like the way I tried to get in all of the different major religions in there? I’m sure I missed several, but I tried.). Of course I know I should be more mindful, but what can I do now, this minute, to raise my happiness quotient at work? It’s a mystery. One of the great mysteries of life really, along with, Why are we Here? What is Our Purpose? And Where Did I Put my Car Keys?
So how does one achieve Happiness at Work? Short of, that is, abandoning all your worldly goods and heading off to live in a cave somewhere to practice yoga and smoke peyote? Although if you do that, you wouldn’t have work to go to anymore, which might raise your happiness. (Certainly the peyote would.)
But seriously, I think a good start to finding some happiness and satisfaction in work and in life would be to read Mr. Rao’s book and really take the time to ingest, understand, and then practice what he has to say. I tell my audiences all the time that it takes time and effort to really achieve happiness, that it’s something worth working for, but that it doesn’t come automatically. Wow. What I think I’m saying is a lot like what Mr. Rao is saying: that you have to be mindful of happiness. That you have to recognize it when it comes and celebrate it when it comes.
However if you don’t have three weeks or even the desire to read a book (you didn’t read that Mrs. Nelson!!!!), another idea for boosting your happiness at work would be to hire me to come motivate you and your work-mates. You don’t always need a 1000 page book to put you on the road to job satisfaction. You need a motivational speaker on How to Be Happy at Work. That’s me!!
There are some concrete ideas and actions all of us can do to increase our
happiness at work, without having to engage in deep philosophical thinking. I can help you. I can tell you what they are. But you have to call me. If you call me, I’ll tell you ONE concrete action step that you can use to increase your job satisfaction. To get the rest, you’ll have to hire me. Who knows? There might even be 10. But you won’t know unless you call.
So call Brad Montgomery today, and learn about my 10 Real-Life Ways to Help You Find Happiness at Work. Actually, I have 11 ways. Who wants to just have a lousy 10. I might even have 14. Call Brad Montgomery, Motivational Speaker, Humorist and Expert on Job Satisfaction, Happiness at Work, and Finding Your Car Keys.
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