Saturday, November 25, 2006

Easy Rider

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My husband just switched careers. He now sells motorcycles, jet skis, ATV's, and boats for RideNow PowerSports. For the first time in many years, he loves going to work! But it's not easy. He has hundreds of models to learn and be able to explain to customers. He's working longer hours than he ever has since we married. And it's no where close to home. But he's happy and motivated to do a great job.

Why is it that we do our best work on things that we enjoy? Why does it seem so difficult to do well on those things we don't like or that frustrate us? Avoidance behavior is the psychological term to describe the phenomenon, but it doesn't solve the problem.

Children in school face every day things they are not good at or things they don't like to learn. Convincing them that they should never seems to work. Making a topic or subject relevant and interesting is an incredible challenge.

We all gravitate towards those areas in which we are naturally gifted or talented. It's safe; it's satisfying. But it doesn't always guarantee success. Doing what I love well doesn't always get me the paycheck I need.

The ride isn't always an easy one, as much as we'd all like it to be. Sometimes we have to do the things we like the least in order to get to do the things we love the most.

And my husband, after being faithful with the things he liked the least, is finally getting a chance to do what he likes the best.