81 percent of people have lied in job
Source: University of Massachusetts
Ask any divorce lawyer.
hear it all the time …
“I married a fantasy that didn’t
The same thing happens when your “Dream Job”
feels more like a nightmare.
It happened to me.
When I graduated from Georgia Tech in Atlanta in 1985, my first
job was as a management trainee for Cintas, the uniform company.
The job looked great when I was recruited, but I soon came
to hate it. Even worse, I hated the little hick town they sent
I wondered how I made so many bad choices when my future looked so bright
just a few months before.
One of my dream jobs was to be
the kicker for the Miami Dolphins. I fantasized about kicking
the game-winning field goal in the last seconds of the Super
Bowl, and the team carrying me off the field on their shoulders.
Then one day I happened to talk to one of my old classmates,
who’d been drafted by the Dolphins. He played under legendary
coach Don Shula, and said that Training Camp felt more like some
sort of detention camp for wayward boys.
At the ripe old
age of 21, I wondered if any job was as great as it sounds.
In the years since, I’ve met thousands of people in our
seminars that worked for companies like Cabela’s, Daytona
International Speedway, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, Hooters,
Disney, etc., and have waiting lists of people wanting to work
I’ve also met thousands that worked for companies
you’ve never heard of, doing jobs you’d NEVER want to do.
Violette, who attended my seminar at the University of
Louisiana at Lafayette, did crime scene clean-up and specialized
I was intrigued.
She explained that
while commercial building owners usually re-carpet, repaint,
etc. after a suicide, families often can’t afford to when it
happens at home.
So they hire specialized cleaning
It has to be done quickly, and VERY thoroughly
so that family members don’t find blood spatter, brain matter,
or bone fragments of a loved one. “The worst”, she explained”,
“is if you miss a spot and the family pet licks it.” (I warned
you this is graphic.)
Hers was truly a dirty job.
But what was so interesting was how proud she was. She enjoyed
her job just as much as the woman who attended my seminar in
Orlando the week before, and worked for a theme park that
describes itself as the happiest place on earth.
Violette how she could enjoy cleaning up suicide scenes so much.
She explained that the real service she provided wasn’t
cleaning, it was the convenience and peace of mind the cleaning
provided for the families.
She said “What we do is just
as important to families in their time of need as what the
medical examiner, funeral director, and life insurance guy does.
They really need our services, and it feels good to help people
when they need us most.”
proof that you don’t have to have the greatest job or work for
the greatest company to be happy in your work. You just have to
find what’s great about the work you do.
To Your Success,
That first job I hated turned out to be the best
management training of my life. Over 30 years later, I still use
much of what I learned there, from how to give performance
evaluations to how to reprimand people without demoralizing
That “little hick town” I hated was Nashville. Today it’s a
booming city that’s become one of the most popular tourist
destinations in the world, and is ranked as one of the best
places to live. I would never live anywhere else.
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