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Michelangelo painted the ceiling of a chapel for years while lying on his back on a scaffold. One person who observed him deeply engrossed in his job, giving it an intense amount of passion and concentrated effort, asked him why he was exerting such effort in a dark area of the chapel where not many people get to see and appreciate it. Michelangelo replied that it was his labour of love for the One who created him.
What a beautiful life philosophy to live with. Doing what you love or performing your tasks even if someone is not there to appreciate or applaud you can help unleash your maximum potential. It will help you become more creative and productive.
The feeling of misery happens when we instantaneously switch our attention to others, seeking their recognition or appreciation.
If we do not get what we expect from other people, like our managers and colleagues, we plunge into a zone of despair. We become disagreeable and start limiting our efforts because no one is watching anyway.
Beginning today, commit to be 100 per cent engaged in all your endeavours, be it in your professional or personal life. Never wait for some recognition or reward.
Preserve your integrity and do honest work. Never take shortcuts. Never do things at the expense of others. Adhere to the moral and ethical principles of your organisation and be consistent in bringing a sound behaviour for others to follow.
• Do your tasks even if someone is not there to appreciate you
• Take responsibility for your actions; own up to your mistakes
• Focus on your goals and not on what others think about you
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Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company