I have long been a self-proclaimed “dog person.” We have a 13 year Labrador and a 7 month old Golden Retriever, and some of my best moments and biggest life lessons have come from those two fur balls. As I started thinking about it, I realized that if we all did our jobs with the same work ethic and attitude of a dog, we might accomplish a lot more and actually enjoy ourselves along the way. So, take these tips from Mickey & Rudy and be on your way to a happier and more successful career:
Fiercely pursue your goals
Our Golden Retriever, Rudy, LOVES to destroy dog toys. In fact, it’s a borderline obsession for him. When he gets a new toy, you can watch the concentration on his face as he works meticulously to get to his goal of removing any and all stuffing. Once he breaches the toy, he removes fluffs of stuffing one at a time and sets them aside. Each time, diving back in with reckless abandon until the job is done. If humans could bring this amount of focus and dedication to accomplishing our career goals, we would be so productive. Sometimes it seems like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel as you slowly chip away at your dreams, but keep in mind that eventually you’ll get there. And you can bask in your glory surrounded by your accomplishments (or stuffing.)
Meet every new challenge with enthusiasm
Mickey, our senior Labrador, has had a long and great life. His hearing and sight are dwindling, his joints cause him to move a lot slower, and he gets out of breath walking up the stairs. Even so, that guy still does tricks for cheese! Rudy has picked up almost every trick we’ve taught him in less than a day. Although he struggles with some, he understands that we want him to do SOMETHING so he always reaches out a paw for a high-five. We don’t always have all of the answers to new obstacles and challenges, but it never hurts to try and if all else fails, give out enthusiastic high-fives!
Maintain a healthy work-life balance
We dubbed Rudy the “Chief Break Officer” of our house because he always reminds us to take break and spend time playing. And even at 13 years old, Mickey still loves to go on walks and manages to balance them with about 20 hours of napping per day. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in our work and our goals, but it’s important to remember that we simply can’t do it all. Once in a while, you just need to take a break – go for a walk, enjoy some treats, and take a nap.
Enjoy the little things in life
Whether it’s because of a brand-new bully stick or a squirrel sighting in the yard, we love to see their eyes light up and their tails wagging enthusiastically from side to side. The look of sheer joy on their faces when we say the W-A-L-K word or start packing our bags for a weekend trip to the lake is a gentle daily reminder that life isn’t so bad. Take it from the dogs and excited about the little things in life, at work and at home. Maybe you landed a big account, or just FINALLY reached inbox zero, don’t forget to wag your tail every once in a while!