I have been quite lucky (and very hard working as well) when it comes to work and work experience. Since a few years back I was in Pakistan doing my studies in Fine Arts and now I am working as a Project Manager for an IT company in Norway.

I have gone through lots of various roles in the past just to make the ends meet. From working as a door-to -door sales agent to applying my skills to major music networks like Dotmusic, which is now known as Yahoo Music and then further on working for the largest recruitment company as the only Pakistani designer among the 400+ people dealing with the most amazing projects.

Years later I sometime wonder what is it that drives us to work. For some it’s to get rid of the boredom they will be surrounded with if they sit home all the time, for others money is a reason enough to wake up every morning to do something that they enjoy.

BUT when that is said, there are so many people who do not enjoy the work they do and even while working they have lots of things in mind.. such as:-

  • I am just doing my job because I need the money
  • I will do something else when I have enough cash in my hands
  • I am doing this job because I won’t get any other job

Since the past few years I have developed this thing in mind that was injected within me from my elders, mainly my mother. That “No work is bad if we are doing it with our honest intentions and for a good cause”

So keeping that in mind, I have gone through various roles from standing at the cash register at a till to working part time in a warehouse when I couldn’t find the job I was looking for in Norway. Since it’s already too tough being a Pakistani in Norway let alone get a good job even when you have the desired knowledge and experience.

While we are at it, here are a few tips on how to stay happy at work

  • Develop you skills further
  • Look at those that don’t have what you have!
  • Appreciate other’s work
  • Don’t be a sour face, as no one likes them..
  • Be confident in what you do!
  • Communicate with others at work!
  • Never be the last one to greet someone!

What is the driving force behind you waking up everyday if you do work at this moment? Are working for cash or are you working for pleasure? So do you enjoy your work or you are just trying to make the ends meet?

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