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Old 11-30-2004, 04:27 PM   #1
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Default is it possible to not take it personally, career related

this is for those who are currently employed w/their career. this is not about someone flipping burgers or selling a dvd player at best buy

is it possible to not be personally involved w/work? for example, i'm an engineer, and i can be on the same project for years at a time. it pretty much become your life at work. so, like anything which you have invested a lot of your time into, you'd like to see it work succeed. you're frustrated when something is wrong, and is happy when something is going right.

one of my co-worker recently told me that she does not take things at work personally when it comes to the project at hand.

can you really do that and still be passionate about ur job? can you really not take it personally when something is not going right?
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Old 11-30-2004, 04:31 PM   #2
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I think she's a liar. Some people are better at "leaving work at work" than others, but unless she's a cyborg, it's got to affect her to some degree.
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Old 11-30-2004, 04:32 PM   #3
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To me, by definition if you're passionate about something you're taking it a little bit personally. I don't let things bother me too much but I can't imagine getting very detached either.

Side note, why is someone in retail sales not allowed to talk about this? That's a crappy thing to say. Plenty of people work and enjoy retail their whole career.
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Old 11-30-2004, 04:32 PM   #4
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when i first started the job, i took things somewhat personally. however, i think i've detached myself from the job as the years go by. the detachment is due to taking on other projects not directly related to my actual job. i get worn out by being creative on an 8 hr basis everyday and not caring too much for the product or outcome - especially since i have a performance plan to deal with.
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Old 11-30-2004, 04:36 PM   #5
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didn't mean to discriminate, didn't think you can make a living off of being a sales rep. at those kinda stores, always pictured it to be a stepping stone type position. was just trying to get a point across

good to know some of you feel the same
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Old 11-30-2004, 04:36 PM   #6
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The emotional investment you make in your work has little to do with your ability to do your job, but I suspect it has a lot to do with the quality of the final product. I have a couple of guys here in my office that glide through deals and are generally not detail oriented. They make good coin but they could probably increace their income and production by 50% if they cared to. On the other hand I imagine that they don't lose much sleep, so I guess there is a trade off.
Personally I have to be sure that I am performing at my best or I feel like am cheating myself and my clients. Maybe it is a work ethic thing.
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Old 11-30-2004, 04:39 PM   #7
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this is for those who are currently employed w/their career. this is not about someone flipping burgers or selling a dvd player at best buy

is it possible to not be personally involved w/work? for example, i'm an engineer, and i can be on the same project for years at a time. it pretty much become your life at work. so, like anything which you have invested a lot of your time into, you'd like to see it work succeed. you're frustrated when something is wrong, and is happy when something is going right.

one of my co-worker recently told me that she does not take things at work personally when it comes to the project at hand.

can you really do that and still be passionate about ur job? can you really not take it personally when something is not going right?
as a fellow eng. i feel the same way as you. i mean, think about it: all the greatest inventions of the world weren't just built with cold indifference, it was really deep passion that pushed the success. i would want to operate something that wasn't built with that same drive for the best.
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Old 11-30-2004, 05:14 PM   #8
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I care about my job and the work I do. I care about the project I work on. I think I do feel some personal attachment to the work I do, but when I go home at the end of the day, I leave work at work. I prefer to have a life outside of work.

But yeah, I like to see the work I do be good and benefit others. I like when I know I've made a customer happy. I take pride in the work I do.
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Old 11-30-2004, 05:17 PM   #9
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I dont give a damn about my job. But I don't "make" anything, and there isn't much of a final product. Oh, and I want to change jobs sometime soon too cause this one is retarded and has nothing to do with my career. In fact, the job im doing now is not what I was hired to do, but whatever.
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Old 11-30-2004, 05:23 PM   #10
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i am always taking my work home. even if its just thinking about a problem. i haven't had a day off in 2 months without getting some kind of work call. i really enjoy my work, but hate my boss.
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Old 11-30-2004, 05:41 PM   #11
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My career is wherever I can make the most money, and has the most potential. After I leave at night, I dont really care what I did that day for work as long it was honest, not ripping people off and I have my paycheck. I work where it makes sense rather than where I want to...So I guess in that sense I don't take it personally.
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