Speaking to a friend last week about work, something came over me that was strangely not my usual self. Maybe the inspiration came from TedX RVA Open Mic event I had attended a few days earlier, but when my thoughts on Job and Work became clearer while conversing, it seemed like a good idea to share that in front of 100 strangers at the next event. I despise public speaking and have avoided it at all cost whenever possible, so this was most surprising to me. But when talking myself out of it with a hundred reasons all started sounding like chickening out, there was no other way but just do it.
So this is what I fit into 2 minutes last night and I am glad I did it.
JOB vs WORK
TedX RVA Open Mic 2016
I have been JOBLESS for six years.
but my life has never been wealthier, or fuller.
and I think it’s because I found WORK.
do you have a JOB?
or do you have WORK?
I know we often interchange these two words,
but do you feel differently about them?
I feel that I am ARTFULLY living, and ARTFULLY making a living.
I don’t have to be an artist - a writer, painter, dancer - for my JOB and WORK to be the same.
So I would like to ask you…
Do you have a JOB?
OR do you have WORK?
I was happy to share my thoughts on participating #creativesprint as a group for the ramen ninjas. Glad it got shared with others and hope it will prompt more teams to participate next time.
Restaurant work can be grueling but requires you to remain happy and hospitable with guests at all times. Being on VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) campus, a lot of my staff are students and young people. Bringing #CreativeSprint to work encouraged them to show off their talents, have conversations with each other and most of all, a little fun.
A lot of what we did was more silly than artistic, but we laughed a lot. It put everyone in a better mood. I believe that positivity translated to our service to guests and that's how I justified the time we spent.
Watching young people collaborate and listening to their conversations while they work was my favorite part. We spend a lot of time together, so those family dynamics played out and it was good to watch them build on their relationships.
The most challenging part of my job as a manager is people; I can control a lot of tangible elements of the business, but I cannot force people to like each other or work well together. Building a team is truly like building a family - it takes time and heart and it's not always easy when you work in a fast-paced, high pressure environment where everyone is on the go. #CreativeSprint provided an opportunity to take a break, consciously engage with people I work with and have fun together. And doing that actually made the rest of the job easier.
Co-owner, Shoryuken Ramen