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What does a good day at work look like?

What does a good day at work look like?

I can imagine the looks on the faces and the feelings the Wright brothers felt the first time their invention left the ground. They labored for years and failed multiple times all while their naysayers’ voices echoed in the background. While I am sure they were elated to leave the ground in their invention, I am positive that their joy originated from a more basic source. In 1903 the fruit of their labor came to fruition as they took flight. December 17, 1903 was a good day at work for the Wright brothers.

Accomplishing a difficult task is one example of a good day at work. For me, it comes when my team “gets it” after we have gone through a long process. I have been working with my team to take them from a siloed collection of individuals to a cohesive team. I was recently on a call with the team when they started to share issues and ideas across geographic boundaries that were previously not crossed. As I listened to the conversation I could not help but feel that it was a good day. Months of work had come to fruition.

Days like the one mentioned above do not happen every week or even every month; they are few and far between which is what makes them special. Fortunately, there is more than one way to have a good day at work. Another way, and perhaps a more common way to have a good day at work, is to simply do a good job at something you enjoy. When the sun is shining, the traffic is not bad, and there is a nice breeze in the air, sanitation workers have a good day. When they help a family through a difficult time, morticians can have a good day. Even in my service in the military at war, some of what could have been my worst days, I was able to have a good day. There is something to be said for simply doing a good job.

Ryan Woolf

CEO of Sparatan 36 Solutions

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