Recently, I’ve been sorting through my mind a status update I thought would go well with this blog entry. It goes something of this sort… “(do you) Figure there is a reason it’s called Work and not Fun. Wouldn’t want you to get the wrong idea.” That sounds rough – it sounds like I think work is all work and no fun, that’s not the case. Nor am I suggesting it is purely advisable to hate work.
Sometimes work is work. It’s tough, it needs to be done, and if you don’t do it – it won’t happen. But, work needn’t necessitate continuous pain … any more than it should provide continuous joys. Sometimes you gotta dig deep.
This phrase is thrown about occasionally around our office; and, I like it. What does it mean to have fire in the belly?
“If you have fire in your belly, you are ready to fight with energy and determination for what you believe is right”
Fire in the belly
That energy; that passion to dig deep, to well up with determination – it’s something that some of us find when we are pushed to anger, some of us access when our pride is challenged, some of us have a difficult time ever finding it, but all of us – I’ll submit – have it. A good manager knows this, and a good manager finds it. They use it to their advantage, to the organization’s advantage, to your advantage. Because ultimately, getting you to behave, to act driven by the fire in your own belly is a powerful advantage.
In any of the areas where you are dictating your own work, I recommend to you to review and see if you are approaching work with tenacity, and determination. All workplace situations don’t seem like they need this, but I’ll submit to you – that when you approach most or all workplace situations with it – you’ll notice a positive and sizable difference. In fact, I suppose you might call it the ultimate workplace advantage.