How Do You Feel About Mondays?

It’s Monday morning. ☀️

How do you feel about that? ☕️

Excited? 😊

Nervous? 😬

Annoyed? 😒

Are you feeling pumped?

Are you dreading it, looking at the clock and hoping it will be over soon? 🕰

Your answer to this question can have a major impact on your life. When I was in school, I was no fan of Mondays. Sadly, I think most adults feel the way I did in school, or when I was in a job I didn’t like. I understand that some people look at their work as “just a job,” and that’s OK, although sad considering we spend most of our lives at work.

They may not derive much meaning or joy from their career. Perhaps, they truly come alive after work when they’re at home with their families or pursuing a hobby. Maybe they’re happiest on the weekends binging a series. Maybe travel and vacations are where they find their bliss. But, considering we spend most of our waking hours at work, wouldn’t it be nice if we loved our jobs or at least liked them?

It would certainly be terrible if we hated what we spend most of our lives doing. I know not everyone is like me. Not everyone has to absolutely love what they do in order to be successful.

Still, something to consider. And, with the Internet affording us unlimited opportunities and the ability to monetize our hobbies and interests outside of work, why not try?

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Being the Best Isn’t Good Enough

It’s no longer enough to be the best at your craft. If you’re not doing the extra work to communicate to the world, provide value, and build some long-term relationships even if there is no short-term gain or immediate payoff, then I don’t see how you can possibly expect to grow.

To get people to care or appear on the radar of your target market, you need to do a lot of little things besides your regular work, which many of you don’t want to do — Examples: Putting out free content, mentoring, doing free work for influencers, making time to help others and do favors without expectation of getting anything in return.

Be great at your craft. Find as many paying clients or customers as you can. But you also have to do a lot of work that has no immediate payoff. I have been doing much of this work and it’s led to many opportunities, such as referrals, clients and people reaching out because they heard of me or saw my content.

If you’re not willing to do this extra work or view it as beneath your dignity, please understand that a competitor willing to do the work will be more than happy to take your spot. You can rant about it on LinkedIn and in networking groups or among colleagues over a few drinks. But no one is listening and no one cares. Think long-term.