on being an employee... Humility is a virtue that can be rare in the workplace, especially when you have to show your worth to get promoted. You may need to brag about it to your boss to move up. Modesty often has no room in the workplace. Though in many instances, it can be cloying and is better kept out. Golda Meir
, Israel's 4th Prime Minister in early 70s once said to a visiting diplomat "Don't be so humble. You are not that great"
Indeed, being humble suggests you have a quality that other people with boast of if they had it. Don't be ashamed to show that quality.
Being employed is a wonderful thing that allows the nation to improve its unemployment rate and allows us to make ends meet or even spend frivolously. But just in case we lose sight of work in its proper perspective, it pays to remember a few quotes that can get us through the demands of being an employee in corporate America:
- The Law of the Alibi: "If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire."
- "The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get to the office."
- Robert Frost
- "People who work sitting down get paid more than people who work standing up."
- Ogden Nash
- "Researchers at Harvard say that taking a power nap for an hour in the afternoon can totally refresh you. They say that by the time you wake up you'll feel so good, you'll be able to start looking for a new job."
- Jay Leno
- "Doing nothing is very hard to do, you never know when you're finished."
- Leslie Nielson.
- "My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it."
- Abraham Lincoln
- "The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat."
- Lily Tomlin
Not everyone can inherit a fortune big enough so you won't ever have to work in your life. For most people, as Ogden Nash
observed and rightly said: "you have to work to earn enough money so that you won't have to work."
Not many people find a gold mine in their jobs and people are always on the lookout. As Steve Martin
said: "All I've ever wanted was an honest week's pay for an honest day's work."
You can probably find one if you're a professional boxer. The great Muhammad Ali
put it best when asked about his high paying job: "It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up."
If your work requires you to come up with ideas to improve your marketing ads, improve production or simply enhance office projects, you could eventually develop some paranoia that someone near your cubicle could steal your ideas. But as what Howard Aiken
said: "Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats."
Indeed that is what happens when your ideas need to be presented to the board for approval and funding.
Lastly, some people fear the day when they retire from the company they have worked for years and with which they know nothing else. Retirement is inevitable, like credit cards and taxes. Gene Perret said that "when you retire, you switch bosses - from the one who hired you to the one who married you."
But as one person said: "Life begins at retirement."
Remember that you are retiring from work, not life.
You may be old, but at age 60 when mandatory retirement sets in for most salaried employees, you can now do what you have failed to do when you were younger, such as being closer to our family. Chi Chi Rodrigues said: "When a man retires, his wife gets twice the husband but only half the income."
Just one downside to retirement is best described by Abe Lemons when he said: "The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off."