You can’t only add value to what you consider valuable.
• According to the world-renowned Leadership Expert, Dr. Myles Munroe, a job is ‘…you being paid to develop your potentials’
• One of the major determining factors in the success of any staff is the attitude of the individual towards his or her job. A positive attitude in the workplace is usually an offshoot of one realizing the value of being part of the organization. And a negative attitude from staff can most times be traced to those who have little or no understanding about the value of their jobs or position in the organization.
• The attitude shown and displayed by individuals in an organization is a crucial factor for their growth or success within the organization.
• Employees who work with an attitude of gratitude and appreciation of their state in the company are usually candidates who scale upwards in ample time.
The Acres of Diamonds story a true one is told of an African farmer who heard tales about other farmers who had made millions by discovering diamond mines. These tales so excited the farmer that he could hardly wait to sell his farm and go prospecting for diamonds himself. He sold the farm and spent the rest of his life wandering the African continent searching unsuccessfully for the gleaming gems that brought such high prices on the markets of the world. Finally, worn out and in a fit of despondency, he threw himself into a river and drowned.
Meanwhile, the man who had bought his farm happened to be crossing the small stream on the property one day, when suddenly there was a bright flash of blue and red light from the stream bottom. He bent down and picked up a stone. It was a good-sized stone, and admiring it, he brought it home and put it on his fireplace mantel as an interesting curiosity.
Several weeks later a visitor picked up the stone, looked closely at it, hefted it in his hand, and nearly fainted. He asked the farmer if he knew what he’d found. When the farmer said, no, that he thought it was a piece of crystal, the visitor told him he had found one of the largest diamonds ever discovered. The farmer had trouble believing that. He told the man that his creek was full of such stones, not all as large as the one on the mantel, but sprinkled generously throughout the creek bottom.
The farm the first farmer had sold, so that he might find a diamond mine, turned out to be one of the most productive diamond mines on the entire African continent. The first farmer had owned, free and clear … acres of diamonds. But he had sold them for practically nothing, in order to look for them elsewhere. The moral is clear: If the first farmer had only taken the time to study and prepare himself to learn what diamonds looked like in their rough state, and to thoroughly explore the property he had before looking elsewhere, all of his wildest dreams would have come true.
The thing about this story that has so profoundly affected millions of people is the idea that each of us is, at this very moment, standing in the middle of our own acres of diamonds. If we had only had the wisdom and patience to intelligently and effectively explore the work in which we’re now engaged, to explore ourselves, we would most likely find the riches we seek, whether they be financial or intangible or both.
Before you go running off to what you think are greener pastures, make sure that your own is not just as green or perhaps even greener. It has been said that if the other guy’s pasture appears to be greener than ours, it’s quite possible that it’s getting better care. Besides, while you’re looking at other pastures, other people are looking at yours.
Most times people fail to excel as a staff because rather than deploy their potentials with patience in getting the most out of where they are, they sometimes give a lackadaisical attitude to their job forfeiting the untold opportunities of success it entails.
The writer of the ancient Hebrew Ecclesiastics text said thus ‘Whatsoever your hands find to do, do it well.’