“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”  – John Lennon

How many people were as wise as J. Lennon during their childhood? I admit that I wasn’t among them.

At the beginning of my career I was mostly concentrating on who I wanted to be and what I wanted to reach. Happiness was important of course, but mainly like a consequence and not as an aim.

After some “bad” experiences, I learnt how much “happiness at work” is important. Let me say, it is one of the most important criteria able to move the balance from having a smiling wake up to have a wake up with a stomachache.

We spend so much time working that we cannot underestimate what our body is telling us. Well, that stomachache was like a “litmus paper” for me.

I decided to change and I had the opportunity to grow and face a new challenge in the same Company where I was working. Honestly, I would have changed the Company too, if that opportunity had not come: I had already decided to not have that “stomachache” anymore!

Everyone has different “litmus papers” composed by relationships with colleagues and the boss, coherence between the personal values and corporate values, opportunities to grow, economic expectations… But we can simplify saying that each of us needs to feel good, easily.

That time, the question I asked myself was: Why not? Why should I “suffer” for a bad professional situation?  Come on, the real issues are elsewhere!

I loved Steve Jobs when he said to a Stanford graduating class: “I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

In my opinion it’s a very effective piece of advice.

It doesn’t matter what kind of job you are doing: if it makes you happy, it’s the best suitable job for you.

I believe that to be happy at work should be our goal every day. It is not only a good intention, it is a challenge, above all when something gets wrong and the will sways.

It seems strange, but sometimes people are very comfortable in their “uncomfortable” zone. They complain about the situation, but they don’t do anything to change it or to change themselves.

My friends, “Complaining” it’s not a solution. If you really want to be happy at work, you should decide for a different strategy… and if it’s not possible being happy where you’re or with what you’re doing, you should seriously evaluate other options.

Everyone deserves her/his own happiness at work. Take care about you and don’t leave your happiness in someone else hands.

 

Enza Artino,
International Service Manager c/o Wyser; Coaching Competence Center Manager c/o Gi Group