Just a quick note before I head out to work… I had dinner last night with some colleagues whom I’ve been working closely with for several years now. They are not located at my office, but we talk on the phone frequently and we see each other in person once or twice a year.
This is the part of my job that I love — meeting new people from everywhere, learning about their lives, and helping them do a better job. On the surface, I am employed in a technology field, but the real place that I do my best work is really with people.
And I have to say that the difficulties I experience on a daily basis actually make me better at dealing with lots of different kinds of people. I know I have to work a little harder for myself, so I go that extra mile for others as well, and I don’t just take a lot of things for granted, when I work with them. I give them room to mess up and make things right, and I try my best to be there to help them when they need it.
We all need help, every now and then. That is for sure. And to be able to offer others help without making them feel stupid or foolish, really helps us all to get the job done.
Last night, I saw again what a big difference this makes with people. We had a great dinner, we laughed and laughed and had a wonderful time. I will be sorry to see these folks go back to their offices, but it’s been great seeing them in person.
So yeah – all the work, all the struggle, all the effort… it’s really paying off. And for that I am most grateful.
Now, off to work…