From the book, It’s Called Work for a Reason, Larry Wingate writes:

“You are not paid to like your job. You are paid to do your job.”

I love this piece of advice (and the book). It is a simple dose of the real world. No one likes their job everyday, but we are fortunate in education. We are public servants working with children. In terms of intrinsic motivators, that fact should put us in a much better position to like our jobs than that of the typical adult.

Some days are worse than others, but on the whole, we have the opportunity to do something important everyday, for a fair wage (did you really go into education to get rich). If you don’t like your job, your boss can’t fix it, only you can. Just do the math; if intrinsic rewards + salary adds up to the right amount, then be grateful. If intrinsic rewards + salary is not enough, then help yourself and find the work that you do like.

Think. Work. Achieve.

Just a reminder for existing LYS readers and an invitation to new LYS readers, Sunday is advice day. Send me your favorite piece of advice and why, along with your mailing address. If I post it, I’ll send you a world famous Lead Your School can koozie.

Your turn…

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