The Root of Workplace Happiness Starts with Vision
By Josi, a rising senior at MHS
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” This is a quote from the late Steve Jobs who perfectly describes how I view the workplace. I truly believe that loving what you do is the first step to finding what you want in a workplace.
In the future, my ideal job would be in the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)—a place full of people dedicated to bringing justice to those who have suffered from some of the worst tragedies and bringing closure to victims of terrible crimes. I want to work in a place filled with hard workers who are devoted to helping others and keeping their communities safe.
Success on an individual basis is nice, but bringing success to others is so much more of a reward in my eyes.
We live in a very competitive world, and to have great success, you must be able to keep up with it. My ideal workplace is a place of spontaneous events where no second of the day is the same as the day before. I need to be in a workplace where different events happen at different times, so I can switch my attention to keep interested.
When it comes to leadership, there is an immense difference between being a boss and being a leader. Yes, a boss can be a leader, but there are plenty of leaders who aren’t always the boss. I do not aspire to simply be the boss of others—I would prefer to be a true mentor to my coworkers in any position given to me. If I end up being someone who only washes the windows of the next big company in New York City, then I would want to be a mentor and leader for all the other washers. I would help them make those windows the brightest in the entire city.
Leadership is not always rooted from the top dog. I would not want me or any other boss towering over employees in a tyrannical way. In my ideal workplace, we would work together towards a common goal and do so by learning from each other.
Milton Hershey School has helped me understand the importance of working in a place with a vision. Mr. Hershey and his wife Catherine had a vision that has been the root of how our school runs.
It has been the root of how MHS staff interact and care for us as students, going above and beyond their actual job requirements. I want to work with a group of people who do just that. A group of people who want to do more than their required tasks and who go to work every day knowing they are making a difference in someone else’s life.
A job should not be something you dread—it should be something you love. It should be for people or something you care about, where your own personal goals are brought to life. I hope to work in a place with not just coworkers but friends. A place where our common goal is not about making money but fulfilling a vision to change or heal another human’s life. Just like the staff at MHS makes a difference in my life each day, I want to work in a place where great work is done because I love what I’m doing.
Josi enrolled at MHS in fourth grade from Curwensville, Pennsylvania.
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