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Monday, March 24, 2014


“I CAN’T?” He asked with a very disappointing look on his face.
“No, for at least three days,” I explained.

I’ll give you his job description: Wear the prescribed uniform. Stand for at least 90 minutes under the sun. Have the boss shout at you to do things immediately and exactly as he wants you to. No questions asked. Pick up the stuff he leaves around the “office.”

The guy just loves his work! He must be crazy! He feels disappointed when “work” is called off.

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The “employee” I’m talking about is my 7-year-old son Anton.

His “job” is to “play baseball.” He adores baseball. Thanks to a terrific boss, Coach Bacchus Ledesma. Baseball in Bacolod? Yes! I’m not talking about softball. Baseball. The type of ball that can feel like a rock hurled at you!

I have observed my son “at work.” He puts his full attention to what he is asked by his coach to do. He’s always on the field, not somewhere else. He has seen what happens to a “co-worker” when he’s “somewhere else.” The baseball lands on his face instead of his glove! (Ouch!)

Do you like your job? Are you disappointed when you have to be “off-duty”?

Wouldn’t it be great if we were as excited as Anton to “go to work” everyday? Most of the time, we do not get to choose our bosses, or even the options for work available, but we can always choose how we do what we do.

How you do things is more important than what you do. Whether it’s writing a check. Driving your boss. Preparing a presentation. Or making phone calls.

When you are “on the field,” not “somewhere else,” work becomes more enjoyable. Put your all into the work in front of you. Fill it with passion. Do it with excellence. Give it a touch of love!

I’m inspired by the guard at Robinsons Place: “Good ebneng!!! (With a big smile) And the dancing traffic cop near the UNO-R intersection.

Indeed, how you do things is more important than what you do. I learned this principle from reading and my experience at work.

In the past 25 years, I’ve worked as a manager and business owner. I’ve sold sugar, lime, websites, piston rings, prawns, and financial portfolios. But what I really enjoy selling are ideas. I like doing it as a school teacher, a speaker and a writer!

In this column I will also be sharing with you my learning experiences as a husband for the past 18 years, to my lovely wife Margot. And real life lessons I have gleaned as a Dad to two lovely girls and four handsome boys.

How you do things is more important than what you do. Do you buy it? Choose to have a Magnificent Monday! (Marc Lopez)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 24, 2014.

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