Some essays, some thoughts

The Joy of Work

"When I grow up, I want to be a doctor... , I want to take care of people ..." as the song from the children programme Sesame Street was broadcast over the television, my attention was caught by the lively imagination of a hopeful kid.

"What are you going to be when you grow up?" is not so much a question about job and pay, it is more about life, what you want to become, how you want to live your life and the knowledge you need to acquire to achieve the way o f life you wish to live.

Work is applied effort. It is whatever we put ourselves into, whatever we spend our energy on for the sake of achieving something. To enjoy work, we have to understand that it is not what we do for a living but what we do with our living. From time immemorial, ever since Adam ate that first apple his companion gave him, man is destined to work.

The state of "no work" when we should be doing something is "idleness" -- not indulging ourselves in anything, letting time slip away, a was t e of life, our own life. Think of it this way, even sleeping is an useful activity to recharge ourselves for future actions. Karaoke, swimming, sports, reading, drawing, all these activities give meaning to our life. These are not idleness, not a waste of time but add value to our complete life. We all want to live a happy life. But what is happiness? Aristotle, the Greek philosopher who lived more than 300 years before Christ, said that "happiness resides in activity, both physical and mental". Hence, hap p iness is in doing things that one can enjoy doing and take pride in doing well. Life's greatest joys are found in the work we do with our life. Those who have never experienced the joy of a job well done have missed something very meaningful in life.

How do we prepare ourselves for work so that we can enjoy our life? Our education system prepares us for general work by the time we finish our secondary school. Or if we have a degree, diploma or something, we are ready to take up a job on specific field such as accounting, secretarial or marketing. In any event, the day when we first joined Yung Kong, we would probably know just enough to start a new chapter of our life. To enjoy our work one has to learn, practice and like our work. Learn to do the work effi c iently and effectively through constant practice. And unless you hate your work - which means you are in the wrong department and should ask for a transfer - like your work. If you like your work, you would enjoy doing it. If you enjoy your work, your lif e would be useful and meaningful.

Managers help you enjoy your work by encouraging and appreciating your efforts, by letting you know what you are doing and share the outcome of your work. People here know what they are doing, they anticipate and know the r esults of their work. They enjoy their work, they enjoy being a member of the jolly Yung Kong Team.

Life is a journey of learning. Our learning efforts do not stop the moment we got our certificate for our highest qualification. As we start work we are ac t ually enrolled at the "University of Society" whereby our lecturers are the people we meet, our assignments are the improvements to our so-called routine daily works and our tests are our performance, especially when we are under great pressure for time a n d resources. Reward obtained without effort on our part carries very little value and meaning. We strive for hard-earned rewards: it is much more satisfying to be praised for work done well by our own efforts, especially through team work.

There is a sayi n g which I like to quote: "If you love your work, you never have to work!" True, then you will not be forced to work, you love to do what you are doing, it is like a hobby, you do it because you love to do it.

To all the Yung Kong People, "Live a happy life . Enjoy your work!"

To the Anak Yung Kong, sing "When I grow up, I want to be a manager, I want to take care of Yung Kong People ..."

Bring me to Sesame Street!

- Ir Michael Hii, 1997


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