3 Lessons to Learn from Labor We Hate

What work do you hate?Sweating Ant Laboring

There are aspects of every job that we hate – even if it is creating something that will change the world. Too often we avoid those tasks that we hate.

Even though we want to avoid these tasks, we know they must be done. Unfortunately too often we procrastinate or do them half-heartedly. No wonder the results are mediocre.

Maybe there is a better way. Maybe there is a different perspective that will change how we approach that labor. Maybe, just maybe we might find so much value in that labor that we will have the inspiration to disrupt the status quo.

Let’s take a look.

Laboring on the Farm

Growing up on a family farm in South Dakota during the 60s and 70s, I had many chores that were marked by sweat, dirt and fatigue. There were several jobs I particularly hated such as throwing heavy hay bales, picking rocks and shoveling manure. One summer, two brothers and I spent June, July and August picking up and stacking 60-100 pound hay bales for neighbors. Early morning until into the evening we picked them up in the field, stacked them on a flat bed, hauled them to the farm and stacked them in a neat but towering pile. For example, we moved 5000 bales for one farmer that summer. That pile looked more like a farm building than an ordinary hay pile.

Hauling hay bales was hard, hot and sweaty labor but critical in providing food for the farmer’s cattle. At the time, manual labor was the only way to move the bales from the field to the farm. Without our labor, their cattle would not have had enough to eat during the frigid winters. So the farmers appreciated the labor we provided and we appreciated the paycheck that would be our spending money for the next school year.WorkThatYouHate

Leadership Lessons Learned

Decades later, I still find certain aspects of my work that I don’t enjoy. It is then that I am reminded of 3 lessons I learned from hauling all those bales.

First, nothing great is accomplished without doing the work. We may have great ideas but without the execution, the status quo is never disrupted. Disruptive leaders execute.

What work do you need to do to disrupt?

Second, disruption is hard work and has elements that are unpleasant that need to be done. Without doing the difficult jobs, the status quo is never disrupted. Understanding the nature of the work changes the perspective and allows us to execute the disruptive act easier.

What perspective can you change about the work you hate?

Third, avoiding the work isn’t an option. The harsh truth is that when we hate what we have to do, we usually don’t do it very well and are never really satisfied with the results. If you want something changed, you have to do the difficult work. Leverage your leadership power by taking the necessary action at the perfect time.  Avoiding it isn’t an option. Delaying it will only make it harder.

What work are you avoiding?

3D PWR Tip: Change your perspective to make the significant disruption.

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