As it is another Mentor Monday I am thrilled to continue with Part B of our August Mentor. If you did not get a chance to catch the introduction of Vicki Olatundun our mentor of the month, you are more than welcome to revisit the article.
I intended to ask Vicki how she re-energizes herself when she is feeling down, exhausted or simply stressed at work. To work my way into that question, I asked whether there are times when work becomes overwhelming or exhausting. Her answer surprised me. In Vicki’s own words, “what I do energizes me”. She explains that she loves her job so much that it does not feel like a job. On asking her why she feels that way, she went on to tell me that no two days are the same at her work. At the beginning of the day she does not know who will walk in or how the day will turn out. As a social justice warrior as Vicki refers to herself, advocating for families in need comes naturally to her. She is happy enough knowing that because of her job, someone’s life is about to change. To Vicki working at the family resource center is more like a hobby, something that she looks forward to. Something that she truly enjoys. This did not surprise me because it is unlikely for anyone to enjoy their careers that intensely, but because Vicki’s response was so sincere.
Vicki’s kind of passion is the driving force behind this blog. I strongly believe that we all could so deeply love our jobs that we find satisfaction and fulfilment from working. All we have to do is find our passion and pursue it, cultivate it. I am personally very excited and thankful to have met someone who strongly feels this way. A man after my own heart, so to speak.
During our interaction we also talked about power, influence and our human desire to be wealthy. At least many of us have this desire- if not all of us. Vicki’s response was particularly powerful that I cannot successfully paraphrase her. I opt to simply quote her reply so that nothing is lost in my attempt to be creative.
“Money always follows power. Power is really influence. It is influence, power and money. Always in that order. If you choose money, you will make some but you will have no real influence on anything or anyone.”
What are the things that make you happy and content with your job? If you had the power to change certain aspects of the job, what would you change?
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