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Work— a word that can often make people feel a sense of dread. But here at EAT, we are lucky enough to experience our jobs in a different way than most. For us, work is more than a way to get a paycheck; it is a source of growth, excitement and purpose. Our team works together with a natural flow, recognizing both the unique talents of each person and the power of the whole. We’re the kind of people who hang out off the clock and strive to make Monday the same as Friday.
In order to give you a better idea of what this word means to each of us, we asked each team member for their perspective.
Well, my answer to this is definitely multi-faceted, so I will try my best to explain — There is the ingrained, fear-based response which says work is my job; a way in which I spend my time in order to receive money. However, if I step out of the normalized idea of work, it is not only something I am good at, but it’s also a way in which I feel excitement and purpose. In order to enjoy work, it has to be aligned with my interests, values and career goals.A lthough this is often the case for many people, your job should not make you exhausted, unhappy and uninspired. Instead, it should be a place to flourish and grow, both personally and professionally. And in some cases, if you are lucky, your job can also lead to great friends and maybe even a family.
Simply put, work is what you do to make money and live a good life. Since it is work, it’s not always pleasant, but it’s a part of the human experience. I attach importance to my work, just like anything else I am passionate about. For me, being enthusiastic about what I am doing and trying my best is crucial. I feel really lucky to have a career that I enjoy and do well. There are so many people in the world who have unfulfilling jobs, which usually results in unhappiness. While my work requires a ton of effort and sacrifices, it is definitely worth it. Like most people, I’m still searching for that perfect balance between my career and personal life. Truthfully, I don’t know if it exists, but I’m willing to try.
When it comes to a question like this, I’m pretty pragmatic. Instead of having some romantic idea about work, I see it as what I do in exchange for something—money, status or improvement. While I tend to view work as a means to an end, it doesn’t have to be this way. I think it’s possible, and maybe even necessary, to find a sense of pleasure or purpose through your job. Why should we live only for the weekends and holidays? In the best case scenario, work means doing something you love.
My ideal work situation is an even exchange, during which I have the opportunity to use my talents. I currently work remotely, which is ideal for many reasons. Due to the fact that I am far away from my clients, it is essential that they trust me. This established faith motivates me to do my best work.
Since work ends up being where I spend most of my day, I want it to be a place filled with great friends. Work challenges me on an intellectual level, so I use this to learn, grow and become a better person. Work also brings me money and I like money. The idea of having stress-free finances is very appealing, so I aim to make the most money possible. While I want my money numbers to be high, I want to keep my work hours low, so that I can spend lots of time with my daughter.
Work is one big learning lesson. It is where I feel like I am a part of something greater than my personal to-do list. I created a vision for the ideal work lifestyle and it has come true. I am able to collaborate with incredible people, assisting my colleagues to live a life that we once thought would be impossible. During a work/travel trip to the South of England with Renata, we realized how happy we were with our jobs. Every step of the journey, especially the challenges, have taught me so much. EAT enables me to be a part of bigger story, one that includes humble, talented and open-minded people. It provides me with the opportunity to be brave, face the unknown and foster ideas that fuel the entire team. I am so grateful to call EAT my job.
Work is an authentic extension of everything that I am, a constant pursuit of the imagination. While it will never be perfect 100% of the time, I aim for optimal outcomes as much as I can. Work comes with emotional and financial rewards, as well as the opportunity to share achievements with my incredible team. It is also the place to constantly grow and become a better version of yourself. While EAT has not always been synonymous with smiling customers, stellar testimonials and hugs at the end of meeting, we are able to constantly upgrade our skills and apologize when something goes wrong. Through my job, I have learned how to say no, ask for help and act with impeccable ethics. I am so lucky to work with incredibly talented people who inspire me to become better.
If you enjoy Mondays, you know you are in the right line of work.
Work is where I put all of my energy, time and attention. It is much more than tasks I execute in order to make money. Nowadays, there is much more pleasure and purpose within my work life. I feel really lucky to be able to work with people who teach me to become better at what I do. When work leads to growth, it makes all of the hard work worth it.