In a little more than a decade, I have been laid off from SIX jobs, for a variety of reasons having to do with the economy. During this dreadful time in my life, I have had the opportunity to work as a temporary employee, until another permanant job came along, etc. Over the years, I have probably worked at over 20 companies as a temp.
During that time, I worked in quite a few negative work places, and I didn't like it at all. I remember one place where I worked for about three months. The supervisor was about as negative as they come, and I didn't like this guy at all. He was one of those guys with a "my way...or the highway" attitude...OR "like it...or leave it" and a very controlling type of individual, etc.
After several weeks on the job, I noticed that the employees were good workers; with good attendance; worked long hours if they had to; they had good quality in their work and so forth.
One day, the supervisor called everyone into a meeting, which was my first, and I was so upset, because he focused on the negative, etc. All he talked about were the things the employees were doing wrong ...you know...petty things...as if he was looking for things to bring up! During the meeting, he never once focused on the positive by complimenting the workers for a job well done; good attendance; staying late or getting the orders out...NOTHING!
I don't think there was anyone in the company who liked this guy, because of the way he treated people! His name was "Gustavo" and the employees used to call him, "Gustapo," which was fitting! The supervisor couldn't understand why morale was so low...HE was the reason why morale was so low!
In another job assignment by another temp agency brought another negative environment, and I had to work with a negative woman this time, etc. This woman was one of the worst people I have ever been around. She was a chronic whiner; a complainer about everything and she made her week-ends sound miserable, and she always put-down other employees. This was a woman with a lot of hate in her, and I felt she should get some therapy to get rid of some of the hate in her, etc. The supposedly long term assignment...lasted only two weeks...as she was so awful to work with, and had to quit the job and go someplace else!
I have zero tolerance for negative people, who I describe as the following:
People of put-down, who get a laugh at somebody elses expense, and make no apologies for it.
Many of them are "experts" who know how to run your life and raise your kids better than you can.
Many of them are whiners and cry-babies, who blame everybody (but themselves) for their mistakes and short-comings, etc.
People who always try to find something wrong or negative aspects with others! Many times...finding "petty things" to criticize, etc.
People who always talk about what they CAN'T do...instead of talking about what they CAN do!
If negative people would put all their energy, that they waste on the negative...and put it all into something positive...they would be better persons for it and for their families, etc.
One of the best examples of positive thinking, was when I quit smoking in 1970. I knew I was going to do it...the only question was when and how long would it take, etc. The negative thing that happened to me at that time, is that I was sick as a dog with the stomach flu! So bad was the chest conjestion, that I lost my voice to a whisper! It was two weeks of illness...and I could care less about smoking a cirgarette...and that laid the foundation to quit smoking! I had tried to quit two previous times and didn't make it! The big negative of getting sick at that time...turned into a big positive for me and I did, in fact, quit smoking!
Just about everything I do...if a negative thing happens to me, I always think that there will be something positive come out of it, etc. Another example: It was early on a Sunday morning and I went to the grocery to pick up a few things. I finished shopping, and got into my car, and as I was driving out of the parking lot, I felt something wrong with the car on the front end! I stopped the car...got out, and to my amazement...I saw the left front tire collepse right in front of me!
At the time, I was so upset, because I was going to have to buy another tire...but on the positive side of things...I was very lucky it happened while I was only doing 5 mph in a parking lot! Otherwise, if I were out in the streets doing 40 mph, I would have had an accident! If I would have been driving on the freeway, I don't think I'd be here to talk about it! So, I was very lucky! When I went to the tire story to get another tire, the salesman told me that it was one of the worst tires he had seen...and while I was there, I replaced all four tires!
Another incident involving the car and safety on the road, was the linkage on the car broke. Again, I was upset because it was going to cost me more money for repairs...and repairs today don't come cheap! But, when the mechanic put the car on the lift that day, they show me how bad the transmission mounts were, and I should replace them. They were badly worn, cracked and old, and could fall off any day, causing the transmission to fall out in the street, etc.
This was a very serious safety problem with the car, and on the positive side of things, I didn't mind paying for the linkage. If the linkage had not broken, the mechanics, would have not noticed how badly the transmission mounts were worn, etc. I didn't mind paying for the mounts, either. Again...another negative turned into a postitive!
Over the years, I have met many positive people who are joy to be around. What I like in people are as follows:
I like to be around people...who give more than they take!
I like to be around people...who are winners in any field of endeavor.
I like to be around people...who are "doers" with a "can do" attitude and are accomplishing something postive with their lives.
I like to be around people...who are honest, trustworthy, with integrity and values.
I like to be around people...who are smart and creative, and who I can learn from.
I like to be around people...with a strong work ethic; are hard workers and they like to do the job right.
I like to be around people...who are responisble; care about others; care about the environement; pets; children; women; seniors; and wildlife, etc. In other words...a caring person!
I like to be around people...who like to overcome challenges and obsticles and accomplish their goals, etc.
I like to be around people...who are good at what they do, and inspire me to do better at what I do.
I like to be around people...who start a job and finish it!
And finally...I like to be around people who have a sense of humor! People with terminal seriousness are out, and I'll finish this piece with a bit of humor.
One evening, I was driving home from work, and I was stopped at a red light. While I was waiting for the light to change, I noticed a portable sign across the street in front of a dry cleaning establishment, which read; "Drop Your Pants Here!"
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