July 19, 2009

Takin’ Care of Business

One of the most enviable qualities you can have in tough economic times is the ability to find comfort in your work. If just doing the work you do can make you feel better, that sure beats sitting around worrying about the economy or wishing you could go shopping the way you used to.

Finding comfort in your work is a difficult idea to explain when most people experience work as one big hassle. Just getting to work is an exasperating process for most of us, so how can work bring you back to a feeling of relaxation, comfort, and confidence?

Then I realized that there is an old song that explains all this. It’s a song by Randy Bachman called “Takin’ Care of Business.” You have probably heard this song; a recent survey decided it was one of the 10 songs that rock bands play most often, and it’s easy to understand why. First, it’s not that hard to play, and second, it talks about about the envy people have for the way rock musicians get paid to do something they enjoy. (Click the link to hear the song performed by Czech band Minulý Století.)

You’re probably not a rock musician, but you can put yourself in the same position in almost any kind of work just by taking on the attitude that you’re some kind of rock star at what you do. Try it. I think you’ll see what I mean.

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