One of 'Those Days'
You know ‘those days’ when it feels like everything you do to fix an issue just makes the issue morph into another issue? Me too. Today was one of ‘those days.’ It reminded me of when I was in shop class and how it seemed that every time I tried fixing my project, another piece needed to be fixed too; sometimes as a result of trying to fix the first piece.
I was never much of a mechanic even though my father was. It wasn’t something I felt a passion for (until I needed something fixed and had to do it myself because I didn’t have any money). Today, I enjoy working on a project, taking my time, and seeing it come together for a great final product. I guess age has a way of changing how we feel about things doesn’t it?
I wish now that I’d had more of a mechanical passion at a younger age, even though I wouldn’t be the same person I am today if I had. The reason is because it’s something I know my father and I could have connected with. Last night I was chatting with the Mrs. and realized it’s taken me 54 years to find a connection with my dad and now we don’t have the time we used to have to enjoy it.
Regardless of having a mechanical passion or not, if one were ever looking for a reason to keep humble, it’s working in a service industry. The service industry I work with is helping my customers with their enterprise Microsoft contracts. If you’ve ever worked with Microsoft from the business side, then you know how I feel when I say that fixing one issue only causes another…
After nearly 19 years of doing this (give or take a few years off to do meaningful things), I don’t know if I will find anther career this late in life. But what it has taught me, is to appreciate that I do have a recession-proof job which, if I’m good at, no one else will want to take away because it’s ‘Microsoft’. I guess there’s some comfort in that on days like today.
Don’t get me wrong, though, today was a good day in many ways. I learned of another agreement that we’ve won and that I’m over 380% of my quarterly quota. In retrospect, I really can’t complain (it just feels good complaining sometimes…). It’s all about perspective. We may look at the small issue and feel like our whole career is horrible when, in reality, it’s really going well. We just seem to focus on the parts that are difficult. I guess that’s the perfectionistic nature I have (or OCD).
So, today, I want to encourage all of you who may have had one of ‘those days’ when one thing broke another. It may be that the issue wasn’t so big in light of the overall good you do. Try not to let it get you down. Keep your head up and a smile on your face. Be persistent and work hard because, ‘those days’, are usually followed by a few good days too…
Wishing you a great week ahead my friend,
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