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Fulfillment@Work: THE STRAIGHT POOP
April 22, 2001

Welcome to the Fulfillment@Work Newsletter
Published by Joel Garfinkle, Dream Job Coaching
ISSN: 1533-3906

Message from Joel

Welcome new subscribers! In our last Fulfillment@Work, the feature article "Get What You Deserve" (4/9/01) inspired the following comment: "I found your feature article especially inspiring as I ponder choices, directions; beliefs, habits, "outer" results; and such in both my professional and personal life."

We thank you for your comments and urge you to share your thoughts with us. Encourage your friends, family and coworkers to sign up to receive the Fulfillment@Work newsletter. And share the gift with others by giving them the URL to this week's issue of Fulfillment@Work.


1. Feature Article: The Straight Poop
2. Quotes of the Week
3. Love Work Tip: Weeding Out Worry
4. Dream Job Tip: Devoted To Discipline
5. We Recommend: Free Resume Generator
6. What Joel's up to: Being laid off.

Feature Article
The Straight Poop (A Matter of Perspective)

There's no doubt it, it's not the job we do, but what motivates us to get the job done that ignites our passions. Perhaps the most amusing example of this principle in action comes from a janitor who was hired specifically by the circus to clean up after the elephants. A friend observed him "assuming the position" at his newly found place of employment and couldn't help sharing his perspective.

"You must have the worst job of anyone I know," the "friend" began. "The elephants poop and you scoop. Poop and scoop. Poop and scoop. What a demeaning job. Why don't you just quit?"

"What," responded the pooper-scooper, "and give up show business?"

Despite his diminished social standing in the eyes of his peers, this person derived a tremendous sense of achievement and a feeling of belonging by fulfilling his role. Just being a part of the big top atmosphere was enough to spark his passion to keep on scooping.

Now ask yourself what motivating factor would bring an increased sense of passion to your "field" of interest or from the job you already have. Take look at what specifically fuels you passion while you are on the job. This allows you to focus on the tasks. Don't get caught up in your job's "name/title" or even field. Zero in on the tasks.

It's irrelevant what you call it, the formula for success remains the same:


Although this equation shouldn't be as difficult as algebra for non-mathematicians, in order to apply it to our actual lives it is first necessary to understand the individual components:

First, ask yourself what are the required day-to-day activities that are involved with getting a particular job done? Next, focus on the tasks you enjoy deeply (e.g. empowering people, being creative, interacting and communicating with people, problem solving, making or assembling parts, researching new possibilities, etc.). Try to remember events or times in which you had thoughts like, I love doing this or I wish I could do this all day. You might even identify occasions where you were unaware of the passing of time or when life felt absolutely amazing to you. Within these thoughts are the tasks that provide the spark to ignite the next part of the equation: Passion (for work).

By completing the first part of the equation you've become clear on essential elements that bring fulfillment to your professional life. Now let's take this information one step further and transform it into the passion that will put the icing on the cake for your working life. At it's most fundamental level, passion is your excitement towards doing a particular type of work.

However, no matter what type of work you have a passion for, (care giving, working for a design firm, conservationist, trainer, educator, writer or counselor), you will ultimately confront barriers and challenges along the way as you continue the journey to create your own personal "field of dreams."

The key to reducing your fear of these barriers and changes is by taking the time to be aware of what motivates you and what action steps you can take to bring them into your work. To conquer the fear of challenges, start volunteering for new projects. To reach the next level of personal growth, take seminars on a new interest. To gain a greater sense of achievement, work on smaller projects so you can see positive results more often.

Most importantly, never lose focus on what excites you because only these motivating factors can fuel your passion for the work you truly enjoy. No matter what company you work for or responsibilities you must complete, the outcome is equally as important as the task.

Life isn't boring, work isn't meaningless, and co-worker relationships aren't valueless as along as we enjoy what we do. Whatever amount of passion you invest in these opportunities will largely determine the level of fulfillment that is returned to you. It is absurd to think that one seminar, book or individual (myself included) can have an immediate and permanent effect on the rest of your life.

Just like the pooper- scooper, you can generate passion for your job on a daily basis with or without the assistance of others by following one simple equation: FULFILLMENT (OF TASKS) + PASSION (FOR WORK) = THE DREAM JOB OF A LIFETIME

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~ Joel Garfinkle
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Quotes of the week

"It is easy enough to be pleasant, When life flows by like a song. But the man worth while is the one who can smile, when everything goes dead wrong. For the test of the heart is troubled, And it always comes with the years. And the smiles that is worth the praises of earth is the smile that shines through tears."
~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"There are two days in the week on which I never worry; One is yesterday and the other is tomorrow."
~ Robert Burdette

"Nothing of importance is ever achieved without discipline. I feel myself sometimes not wholly in sympathy with some modern educational theorists, because I think that they underestimate the part that discipline plays. But the discipline you have in your life should be one determined by your own desires and your own needs, not put upon you by society or authority."
~ Bertrand Russell

Love Work Tip
Weeding Out Worry

How much of each work day do you spend worrying about negative outcomes that will probably never happen? Even more importantly, do your worries rob valuable time away from critical tasks that require absolute focus and vitality?

Whatever your circumstance here are three commonsense tips to help make worrying an uncommon way of life, any time or any place:

1. Keep in mind that the present is where you live for the moment and the only worthwhile thing you can do about current problems is to make plans for their solution and begin to work your plan.

2. Try talking, working, serving or laughing with others.

3. At all costs remain busy completing tasks that are the most rewarding and bring you the most joy and personal satisfaction.

Even in the most negative circumstances, positive activities are the best medicine against emotional-crippling worries and anxiety.

Dream Job Tip
Devoted To Discipline

Confronting and solving problems is a painful, difficult process most people generally try to avoid. However, if you're truly on the path to finding your dream job complaints and avoidance will only create additional stumbling blocks to your personal growth and success.

Discipline is a key theme running throughout the best selling book The Road Less Traveled because of what author Dr. M. Scott Peck describes as the "basic set of tools required to constructively experience the pain of problems." According the book, the four tools necessary to master the concept of discipline are as follows:

1. Delaying gratification. The willingness to experience pain first, before going on to experience the pleasures of life.

2. Accepting responsibility. Not placing the blame for our problems on parents, friends or society and being willing to solve our own problems.

3. Dedication to truth (reality). Seeing the world as it is in order to effectively deal with it.

4. Balancing. The flexibility to give something up in order to gain something of more importance.

What Joel's Up To

It's troubling to see such a large number of family and friends being laid off from their jobs. I've never seen such dramatic effects from an economy hit so many people that close to me. I am sure many of my subscribers are seeing the same effects around them. I feel for them because its painful to be removed from a position prior to being ready and having to face this shocking reality. This can have such a devastating effect on our confidence!

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