doing what you have to do

It seems as though we are all working harder than ever before. For many people to make ends meet they are taking on additional repsonsibilities. These can be in the form of an additional job or increasing the number of hours they work at their current employer. All of this increased time spent in pursuit of making ends meet,can lead to a disturbing mindset.

It can change the way we feel about our current set of circumstances.Long hours and multiple jobs may make us resentful. Instead of seeing it as a blessing, it is easy to fall into another kind of trap. That trap is the one where we view others as having it better than we have it right now. Especially when other people seem to have a lot of time and a lot of “things” to occupy themselves with.

But we must remember that “Doing What You Have To Do”, does not mean that it is a permanent situation. I once worked with a man who worked in housekeeping at a local nursing home. He worked seven days a week at the time. When I asked him why he was working so much he told me his story.

His name was Dan. Dan was originally a construction worker. When things stalled in that industry he was laid off. With a wife and two children at home they found themselves struggling financially. It was the first time in his fifteen year marriage that this had happened. Before he knew what was happening he had bills he could not afford to pay.

Many of his former co-workers told Dan to hold out for a construction job because that was what they were going to do. But Dan had been out of work just going on a month when an opportunity caught his eye on an online job board. It was a job mopping floors and cleaning windows at a nursing home. It paid a modest amount but it came with health insurance. That meant he would not have to worry over his kids getting the flu during the winter. With mixed emotions Dan went for the interview and got the job. Within two weeks of his getting the housekeeping gig, his former employer called. They had just been awarded a contract to build a large business park.

Dan did not know how to respond when his former employer contacted him. But that decision was taken out of his hands. His old boss explained that the jobs that were opening up were only part-time. That meant no benefits. Dan decided to hold onto his housekeeping job and do construction part time at night. Two years later, Dan was not only out of debt, he was making extra mortgage payments on his home.

His former colleagues waited out the layoff and went back to work for the construction company part-time. They never had the kind of success that Dan knew. They were unwilling to “Do What They Had To Do.” They are still to this day plagued with phone calls from creditors for overdue balances.Their short sight has had a long term effect on how they will live the rest of their lives.

Can you adopt an attitude that will get you from where you are to where you want to be?