Separating Work Mitch from Home Mitch

by Mitch on 30/04/2008

Work probably means different things to different people. For me, I don’t wake up and dread heading into work (most days anyway), in fact most days the idea of hitting the offices excites me a little.

I love my job, my career path, my company and my colleagues. But when things get scary and stressful, leaving all that stuff in the office can be difficult, especially when things go wrong.

To quote my hero, Ari Gold:

Eric Murphy: Ari, I’m getting killed here. Vince isn’t happy.
Ari Gold: Of course he’s not happy. Nobody’s happy in this town except for the losers. Look at me, I’m miserable… that’s why I’m rich.

Now I’m not rich… not yet anyway… but I am successful. And I do know that a certain level of stress, or let’s call it urgency, is totally necessary to be good at what you do. Especially if you love your work and care about the job that you do.

So right now, after working 11.5 hours, I am going to leave Work Mitch at work and go have a beer with my best mate Matt. And I am going to enjoy it and relax.

Over and out.

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  1. 1/05/2008Mik Morley says:

    But still working for ‘the man’ isn’t the best thing in the world. How is Matt going? Ill come down for a weekend when you get your new pad.

  2. 1/05/2008Kevin Wilson says:

    Whilst I don’t really know the whys and wherefores of your current employment situation (I assume it is some kind of techy thing that simple folk like myself would have difficulty understanding which may get outsourced to Madagascar at some time in the future) I would like to state for the record that I enjoy my job, I do it well (after 20 years, I should) and I care from a working point of view about the people that I work with and have compassion for the customers who have to suffer from my employers general lack of care for them.

    As a result, I suffer no work related stress. However, I can only speak for myself for certain deduce from my observations of my fellow workmates.

    From said observations, I find people I work with who do suffer from stress fall into three main categories:

    1 – people who bring their personal issues to work and take their work issues home with them.

    2 – people who are ill equipped to perform the duties required of them, whether they be factory floor type employees (like me) or managerial employees (like my ineffective depot manager).

    3 – people who feel the need to prove themselves to their peers or superiors who agree to timetables for the completion of work they know will take longer than agreed to – instant recipe for stress (and that heart attack before 30).

    I can say one thing for certain – grey hair isn’t a stress related thing.

  3. 1/05/2008Mitch says:

    Well Kev, all I can say is that I don’t fall into any of those categories. I just work in a high-paced and high-pressure industry. And I use the word stress loosely, since it doesn’t actually affect me in any major way, it is in face more like “urgency.” I definitely rarely take home any work anxiety and I definitely don’t bring my private life in to the office.

    So which of the 3 did you think I belonged to? :-)

  4. 2/05/2008Kevin Wilson says:

    Nothing I say in any of my comments should be taken as a criticism of you or your ability. You know I have the utmost respect for you as a person and a friend.

    Knowing you and what your abilities are for as long as I have, I agree 100% that you don’t fit into category 2. I also think that there is a part of you that never stops working so category 1 would come into play just a tiny little bit for the taking work home with you.

    I would say that you could fit into category 3.5 – while you have already proved yourself in your chosen industry since you have been doing what you do now for a few years, the pace is still probably up a step or two from what your life was like in Dubbo and at Uni.

    In those situations, if you failed to perform to a high level, you only did damage to your own prospects but in a more closed in environment where individuals depend on you, if you fail to perform, there is probably potential for financial loss. This would undoubtedly cause some sense of stress or urgency that you would otherwise not find in a larger organisation that doesn’t necessarily rely on individual performance benchmarks (such as the retail sector for instance – if you don’t sell something, at the end of the day, it won’t be the end of the company).

    Hope that makes sense cause I was sober when I typed it.