In this video, Jodi Glickman addresses the difficulties of finding a job you love and challenges you to focus on making people love you at work. She explains the virtuous cycle of loving your job, becoming better at it, and people loving you for being better at your job.
- Are you super excited to go to work everyday? Do you love your job? Can you not wait to get into the office, work with your boss, your clients, your colleagues? If you're like most people, the answer's probably no. Most people don't love their job. It's this elusive goal that so many of us are chasing, and we never find, looking for that dream job that you love. But we're barking up the wrong tree. You shouldn't spend all of your time trying to find a job you love.
Instead, you should try and make people love you at work, every day, in every situation. Because if I love you, I will do anything and everything in my power to help you succeed. I will mentor you, I will sponsor you, I will champion your cause, I will give you great assignments, I will pay you well, I will promote you, and you will love your job. Here's the thing, if you love your job, you'll be better at it, and if you're better at your job, then you'll like it more.
It's a virtuous cycle, like your job more, be better at it. Be better at your job, people like you or love you more. I'm a former Peace Corps volunteer turned investment banker. As spent two years in Latin America in a little town called (foreign language) in the middle of nowhere in Chile. And then I landed on Wall Street as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. And in between, I worked at the Environmental Protection Agency and at Exxon Mobil, and the truth is, I wasn't great at any of my jobs.
I didn't love what I did, and I kept looking for that job I loved. I had all this passion and enthusiasm and intellect and I was so frustrated because I couldn't find the right thing. I went from government to corporate to Wall Street and nothing worked. And when I stopped chasing that job that I loved and when I just started thinking about me and making people love me in everything I do, I wound up starting a business that I love and that I'm great at.
I teach people how to communicate, strategically, persuasively, effectively, every single day in every situation. I had no idea this is what I wanted to do. Frankly I didn't want to do it, but now I love doing it and I'm great at it and it's because I focused on making people love me at work. It's the only thing I know how to do and it works.
- Exploring the benefits of working for people you love
- Reaping the benefits of making people love you
- Incorporating generosity into your everyday life
- Demonstrating initiative at work
- Maintaining forward momentum
- Remaining transparent even when things go wrong