Get In Tune With Your Job

Today, we want to compare two great classic country songs – Take This Job and Shove It, made popular by the unforgettable Johnny Paycheck and On the Road Again by the great Willie Nelson.

Shovin’ It
A fun, yet angry song that most of us have sung a time or two in our careers.

#1 – It’s just a job.
He says, “Take this JOB …” It’s not a career or even a stepping-stone to another job. He’s not passionate about what he does; it’s just a paycheck (pun intended) accompanied by a miserable existence.

#2 – He’s suffering for someone else.
He says, “… my woman done left and took all the reasons I was working for.” He’s working at a job he hates to please someone else. It doesn’t work!

#3 – Beware of imaginary traps.
This isn’t a short-term gig. He’s been “working in this factory for nigh on fifteen years.” You can’t blame anyone else for your misery, especially for fifteen years! Yet how many people can cite a number of reasons to stay in a job they hate? Life is too short to be unhappy!

#4 – He can’t stand his bosses.
One’s a “dog”; the other’s a “fool”. It’s true that there are bad bosses in the world. However, have you ever met someone who NEVER has a good boss? Wouldn’t you think that somewhere along the way a good boss would come along?

Lovin’ It
A fun song that makes you feel free just by listening to it.

#1 – He looks forward to work.
He “just can’t wait to get on the road again.” When you love what you do, doin’ it just can’t come soon enough!

#2 – He “makes music with [his] friends.”
Have you ever been part of a team that clicked? You were so productive. Doesn’t it feel good? There’s something special about being part of an exceptional team. We all make music in our own way.

#3 – He’s “going places that [he’s] never been.”

Have you ever been around a group of people who inspired you to reach higher and higher? You want to spend as much time as you can with people like that. They’ll help you get to places that you’ve never been!

#4 – He’s “seein’ things that [he] may never see again.”
As you grow, you outgrow. You can look back with fond memories of where you used to be and how far you’ve come.

So here are two overriding lessons to learn from these two great classics: 

  • YOU and you ALONE are in control of your life.
  • If you don’t believe that, you have a HUGE problem. It’s the single most destructive thought you can have. Shovin’ It is the result. When you realize that you’re in control, you’re Lovin’ It. Life is an adventure of your own creation.

  • Shovin’ It dreams of living while Lovin’ It is living his dreams.
  • One dreams of telling his boss to shove it. But he still hasn’t done it. Did you realize that? We didn’t until we prepared for this blog. The other just can’t wait to get back on the road again to do what he loves to do some more. He’s living his dreams every day!

We’ve talked about 2 songs here, but there are others that inspire us in our lives.

What song gets you in tune? Let us know by sharing a Comment below!

Our bigg quote today is by C.S. Lewis:

“We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”

You’re never at a dead-end because you can always do a u-turn and get back on the road again that leads to your bigg dreams.

Next time, we’ll discuss a costly mistake that you should NOT make. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Take This Job and Shove It

On the Road Again 

4 replies
  1. Randy Nichols
    Randy Nichols says:

    I found your site on google blog search and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. Just added your RSS feed to my feed reader. Look forward to reading more from you.

    – Randy Nichols.

  2. Les Becker
    Les Becker says:

    My “song” changes often – and the ones that make me feel happy and productive don’t always have matching lyrics. Right now, it’s “New Soul” by Yael Naim – yeah, that one that’s highlighted on the new Apple laptop commercial. I listen to it over and over because it just makes me happy.

    This was a great post – and a good reminder of what I’ve been doing with a brand new shiny life for the past year. Thank you.


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