Sunday, April 13, 2014

Observations - Most Hate Work

Last year Gallup released a poll that showed 7 out of 10 workers hate their jobs. Did it really take a poll to figure that out? Of course most workers don't like going to work. Why? Is it because employers are horrible? Is it because jobs are boring? Is it because the pay is not enough? I think most people hate their jobs because they "have to" do it. I find this with all I "have to" do. I see this also with most of my students (I have been a public school music teacher for nearly 20 years). If my students think they "have to" do something then they resist and may protest. Unfortunately, there is no way around this. We all have to stuff we don't want to to. We all have to do things we "have to" do (I just had to do my taxes - ouch). I have found that if sometimes I just tell myself I "want to" instead of I "have to", things go much better and i don't feel so much resistance. I have also found that is I give my students a choice on how to do what we "have to" do, they are not so resistant either.

What do you think?