Fall in Love with Work
By Anna Davies
"Work" is never going to be synonymous with "play" — heck,
that's why they pay you. Still, you can find inspiration and purpose
even in a ho-hum job. Bonnie Kelly and Teresa Walsh, cofounders of Silpada
Designs, a direct-sales jewelry company with thousands of representatives
around the country, offer tips to help you cultivate passion for your work.
Tap into your talents.
Bonnie and Teresa had always loved jewelry, but it wasn't until the duo
started helping their friends pick out the perfect baubles that they realized
what they were doing was not only fun — it could also be a viable business.
"Uncover your own skills by noticing what tasks you love to do," says
Teresa. Do you lose track of time when you're scrapbooking? Do you actually
look forward to organizing your closets? Once you know your strengths, meet
with your manager to figure out ways to capitalize on them — or scout out a new
work environment where you can maximize these talents.
"You'll never know who might inspire you to perform your best work,"
says Bonnie. Invite a cube mate to lunch or ask a coworker what she thought of
last night's Brothers and Sisters.
Keep your skills sharp.
By networking, updating your résumé, or researching your dream job
regularly, you can sync your goals with your current duties. If you hone the
skills that you really enjoy — whether it's interacting with customers or
coming up with marketing plans — you'll be fueling your passion daily and be
ready to pounce when the right opportunity arises.
TAME YOUR COMMUTE
Make travel-to-work time more enjoyable with one of these tips from Jeffrey
Brantley, M.D., coauthor of Five Good Minutes at Work.
- DON'T GO STRAIGHT TO YOUR CAR. Instead, take a walk outside or spend
some time in the parking lot stretching to relieve any tension that may have
built up during the day. You'll loosen up your body and help clear your
- LEAVE WORK AT WORK. Write down all your work woes on a piece of
paper that you throw away as you head out the door, says Brantley.
- RELAX! Realize that if the traffic is backed up for miles, there's
nothing you can do. Concentrate on deep breaths — inhale, hold it for a few
seconds, then exhale. Even if you want to scream, says Brantley, making your
body calm down will eventually allow your mind to settle.
Originally published on January 10, 2008
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