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Sabtu, 18 Juni 2011

How to Enjoy your Job

Surveys indicate as many as 82 percent of people don't like their present job. Unfortunately, many of those individuals fail to realize that they are not doomed to misery at work. That figure could be significantly reduced by putting into practice a few simple principles God presents us in the Proverbs.
These three “secrets” will not guarantee a raise or get you the prestigious corner office, but they can bring about important changes in you and in the process, increase your enjoyment at work.
1. Never Stop Learning. If you're not growing, professionally or personally, any job will eventually become less than satisfying. No one can be satisfied when they become stagnated. Good teachers have the desire and capacity to continuing learning. Here are three of the best ways to learn:
- Learn from God. Some of life's foremost teachers learn from the best teacher of all: God. He is a master teacher who understands how his “students” will learn their lessons the best. He used a rainbow to teach security to Noah. He used a burning bush to teach confidence to Moses. And he is still the best of teachers today. The Bible is filled with practical advice for everyday life. Reading and meditating on the Scriptures is a great way to learn from God. "Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord” (Proverbs 16:20).
- Learn from criticism. While it is not always easy to receive correction, the wise person listens when another person offers criticism and seeks to discern the truth in what is being said. "Anyone willing to be corrected is on the pathway to life. Anyone refusing has lost his chance" (Proverbs 10:17).
- Learn from failures. Success is not a very good teacher, because it may come about due to factors outside of ourselves. But when we fail, it is much easier to determine the cause. The question becomes not whether we will fail – because we all will – but whether we will learn from failure. "Don't you know that this good man, though you trip him up seven times, will each time rise again?" (Proverbs 24:16).
2. Guard Your Integrity. One’s image impresses people for the moment – it comprises what we see of a person from the outside. But it is a person’s integrity that makes an impression for a lifetime – it reveals the true person, what exists on the inside. “The Lord demands fairness in every business deal. He established this principle” (Proverbs 16:11).
3. Always Be Diligent. The strongest advice given in Proverbs about being able to enjoy your work is the importance of being willing to stick with it, even in the face of challenges and obstacles. “Steady plodding brings prosperity; hasty speculation brings poverty” (Proverbs 21:5). “Do you know a hard-working man? He will stand before kings" (Proverbs 22:29).
Solomon, the king of Israel, the author of Proverbs and a man who experienced virtually everything that life could offer, made this observation: “To enjoy your work and to accept your lot in life – that indeed is a gift from God” (Ecclesiastes 5:19).

By: Rick Warren 
 
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