Joy on the Job
Striving for excellence and enthusiasm
It has become apparent to me that people who really love their work, who tackle their careers with enthusiasm and never tire of it, are driven by more than just the job itself. These people have found a higher purpose to pursue through the avenues of their careers. This is definitely the case with the Honorable Robert Sumwalt who felt guided at a young age to investigate plane accidents. As you will read in his article on page 58, what drives Robert is his desire to save lives by making transportation safer. Robert’s job as vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board has a huge impact on countless lives, but all of us have the opportunity to use our careers as a platform to help others.
Rodney Phillips who delivers mail to Columbia Metropolitan is another excellent example. Rodney has been working for the U.S. Postal Service for 22 years. He started this job not long after graduating from the University of South Carolina with a major in statistics. He brightens our office and scores of others he visits every day with a happy and enthusiastic attitude that makes us all feel just a little bit better. Just by delivering the mail, Rodney is able to positively affect the lives of many people in Columbia and brings the meaning and purpose of his profession to a whole new level.
Role models like Robert and Rodney inspire me to take a different approach to my job. I find it far too comfortable to just check off the “to do” list for the day and make sure everything is running smoothly. There always seems to be too much to do and not enough time to do it. Instead of striving for excellence and enthusiasm, many times I settle for “good enough” to move on to the next task. I don’t have the opportunity to save lives or the opportunity to come in contact with a vast number of people every day, but by adopting a new perspective to my work, perhaps I can make a small difference in the life of someone else. Maybe you can too.