I heard this at a presentation the other day (Matthew Downey of the Johnson Center for Philanthropy) and it’s really made an impression on me. Think about how this is relevant for the workplace:
Accept It. What things must you accept at work? What things must you absolutely not tolerate? In what ways does acceptance help you achieve the “loving” and “living” part of this motto? In what ways might acceptance hinder you?
Love it. There are very few of us who truly love all aspects of our work. As you reflect on the daily work that you do, what parts do you love? What are you sort of “meh” about? What parts do you despise? What, in your opinion, is a reasonable ratio of love it/neutral/hate it?
Live it. What does your occupation look like if you’re truly “living it” to the fullest? If you’re not living up to your professional standards, what steps can you take to move toward that goal?
To me, these six words are an easy-to-remember acid test for how to make the most of your work experience while contributing to the greater good.
Are you equally taken with this set of words? What images or applications do they conjure up for you in the workplace?
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