The miracle to making your job better
It takes a world of imagination to remember where the writer comes from. Are we the storytellers that make you ponder about worlds unseen? Are we programmed typers that write what we see without a care? Are we the soulless that need to walk around the world tallying untold events like that of a time traveler?
Writing can be one of those jobs where you write because you must and not because you want to. I can’t imagine writing with such a promise that because it is your job you can not freely exert your opinion. Just because you chose to do a writing job doesn’t mean you have to treat it like every other job. We can sit and write for eight hours with a 30 minute break inbetween but our desire to put words on the page would flutter like leaves in the wind. Any writer knows that feeling of staring at the pearly blank page unsure of what to write. Our brain has to come up with ideas out of thin air, or if you are writing as a job it must pertain to particular topics every thirty minutes.
Most people work jobs that bleed out the soul. They work either dead end jobs or job that require our care. If you are a teacher you chose to teach because you want to bring the future generation into achieving more knowledge. If you are nurse you pick to put your patients before yourself. A lot of people might argue that a writer’s job is pretty simple in comparison meaning some writers can just drone and on about a subject without holding the passion that drives them. I can’t ever treat writing like one of those jobs you do just because you want money, or you need the job to sustain your life. Heck, I don’t even treat the job I work now like that.
So let me discuss five ways you can actually find ways to treat your job like you would if you were an artist or a writer who has passion in what they do. It’s not magic I swear but I will make you feel like you just read about Harry Potter’s ways for making minister of magic a fun job.
Step one as told by Hermione
“I mean, you could claim that anything's real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody's proved it doesn't exist!”
—Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Let’s say you work for Mcdonald's the most stereotypical place that is said to rip your soul out at the seams, and go about your work as if it was routine that didn’t make a difference to the people eating the food. In my eyes, If you believe you are not important as a Mcdonald's worker because the company treats its workers poorly you become no good the society around you. If you believe that the way your company treats you is what you are worth than you are failing at the start. Your worth is not measured by your job. A lot of the times fast food workers have the misconception that people are always looking down on them or that they are a problem The basis of anything that is real is divulgent on the fact that nobody can prove it doesn’t exist. By living your life and acknowledging the idea that your self worth exists it means no one else can prove to you that it doesn’t. This is my step one to making you realize that where you start is not always the place you finish which means there is more out there in the world for you.
Step Two as told by Rafiki from The Lion King
“Can’t cut it out, it will grow right back.”- Rafiki from The Lion King
In essence, what Rafiki is saying is that you can not ignore a problem because it will eat you right back. A lot of people who work in fast food are working in this industry not because they want to but because they must in order to feed their family, or to keep a roof over their head. However, the workers feel they don’t get paid enough to deal with all of the mental stress of the industry. You can’t cut out the issue of it not being the company’s fault it can’t pay its workers more. If the workers acted like they wanted to be there people are more likely to tip which can cause the workers to feel they are making more money.
So, if you know that you have self worth, and treat customers with respect chances are they will tip out of common courtesy because you went above and beyond. The start of change must start with you. By changing your outlook of the pessimistic situation you can begin to transcend into self worth. In fact, by generating a new outlook at being in a job that feels less like a want and more like a need it can improve your chances of moving up in the world.
Step Three as told by Han from fast and Furious
There's no 'wax on wax off' with drifting. You learn by doing it. The first drifters invented drifting out here in the mountains by feeling it. So feel it. - Han fast and furious
Now, if you think the other two steps can be used for any job including writing. Writer’s often find ourselves losing our self worth when we compare our work to that of other grand writers when the reality is that we are separate entities. Just as Han relates that there is no Wax on or Wax off in drifting the same can be said in any job. We can only learn our job by doing, and we can do our job halfheartedly or we can do our job enthusiastically. In fact, your job if it feels more like a need and not a want it becomes hard to see through what the job offers. Writing with passion on any subject can garner more readers, and produce more effective viewers. While, a person working in fast food can use the want to earn more tips. It sounds crazy that fast food workers would get tips these days but if a worker shows personality people will show that they appreciate that.
Most know the struggles of bills, loans, and life and most understand that everybody starts somewhere. So, if you learn to feel your job like a writer feels the pages of a good book you’d be able to progress because positivity has a better result than a negative outlook.
Step four as told by Doctor Strange
“I once stood in your place and I was not disrespectful. Can I offer some advice? Forget everything you think you know.” – Mordo
When it comes to your job people fall into the fallacy that what you do won’t change which means they follow the pattern of routine. Anybody who works a job and treats it like routine is failing at possibility. Anybody successful that had to work for it will say that when they were in your place they didn’t just sit and do the job. By doing your job routinely you make it easier for companies to mistreat. Treat your job like it's something new everyday, create conversation, and smile. A smile is a key to any job even if you're slaving away at writing. If you're smiling the time tends to speed by.
You can’t work like you know everything because everything is impossible to understand. If you work like you know nothing people think you are a fool. The writer is somewhere in between knowing everything and knowing nothing all at the same time. However, when we write we must get lost in our words to produce magic for readers.
Step five the last step as told by Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
The story that I want to tell you cannot be found in a book. They say the history of the West was written from the saddle of a horse, but it's never been told from the heart of one... not 'til now. I was born here, in this place that would come to be called the Old West, but to my kind the land was ageless. It had no beginning and no end, no boundary between earth and sky. Like the wind and the buffalo grass, we belonged here. We would always belong here. They say the mustang is the spirit of the West. Whether that West was won or lost in the end, you'll have to decide for yourself, but the story I wanna tell you is true. I was there and I remember. I remember the sun and the sky and the wind calling my name, in a time when wild horses ran free.- Spirit
You may be wondering how does a cartoon movie have such a strong representation in my stage five but if you follow the steps up to here it will make sense. It’s kind of like learning physics and why any object that goes up must come down which is said by Newton’s third law of motion. If you want a story that can only be told and never written about you must live your life like everyday is new. Don’t fall into routine, don’t let people dictate what you should do, and you should be able to live freely like horses from the west.
The best writers try to write the stories that can only be told on paper. We try to create unique ways of seeing the world. I feel if you follow these steps you’ll find yourself in a better position than you were three months ago. Do each step monthly because change takes time. If you overload yourself you’ll end up running hot like a overused PC.