And she’s determined to motivate me. She stands beside my bed, rests
her head on the mattress, her eyes level with mine, and stares piercingly,
willing me to get up.
Focus on a task. Zena’s singular ability to concentrate all her mental
and physical energy allows her to achieve winning performance. Throw
a Frisbee, ball, or stick, and she’s off, tearing down the field, knowing
instinctively when to pivot and leap to catch it. She dives with abandon
into ponds, and swims with the strength and pure beauty of a canine
athlete, making a direct beeline to her goal in record time.
Stay present. Zena is wholly present, in the moment, with all her
being—a state that comes naturally to her. Her attentiveness to what
she’s engaged in is never clouded by her future ambitions or the need
to return emails, to tweet, or to juggle three jobs at once to keep her
Value yourself and charge accordingly. Zena doesn’t do anything for
free. She gets paid in the form of barter, of course, but she gets paid well
for her services. There are no pay cuts, layoffs, or furloughs in her world.
Look at what goes right. Zena concentrates on the positive aspects of
her job. She doesn’t dwell on the negative or complain or whine about
the long hours when she’s parked under my desk while I work and her
talents aren’t being put to their best use. In a nutshell, she’s optimistic.
Push in fresh directions. Zena is always on the lookout for new
opportunities. She takes advantage of every walk. Smells and sounds lead
her from one new place to another with openness and a fresh sense of
excitement. She never fails to gain from social gatherings and networking
events with her dog pals. She rarely turns down an invitation to a dinner
party at our friends’ houses.
Network more. Zena may have a comfy job running our homes and lives,
but that doesn’t mean she stops networking. She’s proactive about her
networking efforts—attending events and reaching out to professionals
in her field whose work she respects. She is always going out for walks
to reconnect with longtime contacts, even those she has known since
puppy kindergarten—anything she can do to keep old relationships solid
and grab opportunities to build new ones.
Go places. Zena knows the importance of travel, of going new places and
experiencing new sights, sounds, and cultures. Each time out the door, out
of the comfort zone of her fluffy dog bed and the safety of her fenced yard,
she learns valuable skills—and maybe even gets some insights into how to
manage me better. She trots out to the car and pops in without looking back.
No questions asked. She props her front feet on the console of my Subaru
Outback and stares fixedly out the front windshield as if to say, “What’s next?
Excerpted with permission from the publisher, John Wiley & Sons, from Love Your Job: The New
Rules for Career Happiness by Kerry Hannon, © 2015 Kerry Hannon.
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