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Motion Monday

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Enjoying the attack. Well by that I mean getting things accomplished. Knocked out a few important things this afternoon. Made an executive decision to catch the game and rearrange some work. Worked hard at the job that pays the bills and expecting even more progress this evening. Kind of excited about both professions again. This one of course has been a pleasure so far. I’m a pretty easy boss to answer to.

Photo by Mike Hartley

Professionally at the job that pays the bills, its been great and challenging at various times in the career. I’m sure and freely admit I’m probably no piece of cake to manage either. I’m outspoken, and challenge authority. But I have a lot of good qualities and a work ethic that few challenge. And I feel it’s on the upswing again. And that is a nice feeling because it’s not an uphill run when it flows and you feel part of the momentum.

I’ve always kept learning along the way regardless of the management differences. As I’ve always said to my co-workers, they might be able to take my job but they can’t take my knowledge, dedication and drive away. Luckily we haven’t had to come to those situations, but there have been times in my career where I feel like I’ve been beaten like a mule, died and been reborn as the mule behind the one that just died. Those times its hard to keep that learning spirit and drive for knowledge. You can get complacent. Its easy. Some slip into it and never leave.

Please don’t think I’m one of these people who think the world is out to get them. I realize I work for a business and business decisions will be made. Some I’ll agree with and some I won’t. It’s always been my own choice to stay or leave. I do have a remarkable talent for outlasting the managers I haven’t really seen eye to eye with over time though.

Fence in motion.
Photo by Mike Hartley

And please know I’ve had some wonderful managers. More good ones than bad on average. And those good ones all have one trait that an early manager shared with me. “Remove the obstacles that keep your people from becoming successful.”

So I’m feeling motivated again. I’m feeling inspired. And that is when the company really reaps rewards. I never give less than 110%, even when I’m pissed as hell. I wouldn’t disrespect myself or want my coworkers to notice any difference in my quality or amount of work. But when a person is happy and feels respected and included, results can improve even more.

Random Thoughts of the Day

It seems there is a race to control the media and the message. And truths are being lost as a result and none of us are going to be the better for it.

Contentment = healthy family and friends.

Spring break, someone forgot to schedule mine in I believe.

I have a new rule. Proper posture puts off punishing pain.  Well it helps a little.

It isn’t that pain keeps you from doing something. It’s that pain keeps you from having another thought other than how can I make the pain go away.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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