What kid doesn’t like fireworks? I loved them as a kid, and as I grew older, my interest in fireworks stayed the same. Everyone enjoys blowing stuff up, and my interest was strong enough to start working at a firework store after I turned 18. It was a summer job between college semesters, and the owners were great to work for. On top of being wonderful bosses, they also gifted a $200 firework package to each of their employees after the end of the season. Two-hundred dollars of fireworks can last a long time! They also have the potential to teach employees of firework stores about the various forms of products.
Because of my interest in fireworks, I was already familiar with a lot of the definitions and descriptions. Regardless, I wanted to learn more. It seemed like every paycheck was a reason to try out something new. I became an expert at my job. I was able to communicate with customers in a way I never had when I working at a grocery store; I was able to be enthusiastic about what I was trying to sell, and genuinely wanted people to hear my knowledge of the product to ensure they got exactly what they wanted.
I have tried to find the same level of passion with every job I have held after working at the firework store. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it’s a little harder to find the motivation, more helpful hints. The point is, finding something to be interested in about your particular job can improve your overall enjoyment and job satisfaction. For my job at the firework store, it was easy. For those willing to do some searching, it’s possible to apply this method to other jobs as well.
For me, this kind of motivation can be found easier when performing tasks for the public. When I make a sandwich I want it to be the best damn sandwich my customer has ever ate. Does it mean my sandwiches are the best? No, not always, but you can bet my sandwiches taste better than the ones coming from the guy who doesn’t even care if you like your sandwich. There is a certain amount of pride that can still be found in the most simple of tasks, as long as you can understand and relate to how important it might be to other people. To someone, a well-made sandwich can turn a bad day into a better one, just because of a great tasting lunch.
What about factory jobs, or jobs where you might never see your customers? It’s true, in this kind of setting motivation can be hard to achieve, but it’s not impossible. When you work in a factory, your work might not even be acknowledged, let alone appreciated. I’ve worked in this type of setting before, and that’s when it becomes important to set personal goals. Does your first shift counterpart make 500 items during the day? Set a goal for yourself to make 510. Get done sooner, and sweep the floors around your area. If you’re only doing the minimum amount of work just because you don’t think your boss appreciates you, then you risk making your job miserable for yourself. I don’t deny that some bosses are horrible, but creating a bubble of personal respect and pride in your work can improve your overall life happiness. While I was working for the firework store, I didn’t just learn that selling fireworks can be fun. What I learned was a valuable lesson in finding something to enjoy that will make your job more enjoyable. If you plan on having your job for a while, personal goals can stand in place of the goals a bad supervisor might have forgot to put in place for you. As long as you’re in charge of your personal goals, you’re always going to be in charge of your own destiny. And anyone who’s in charge of their own destiny can tell you, it’s not a bad job.