I have really enjoyed watching Mike Rowe. His show, Dirty Jobs, was just good clean fun. Very entertaining, although I was always disappointed that he never showcased any medical transcriptionists. They did have an MT on the show, Wife Swap, one time, and if I remember correctly, having to try to do her transcription job made the lady's swapped husband cry (or at least suffer from a small nervous breakdown of some sort). Now Mike has another show called "Somebody's Gotta Do It". I have seen a few episodes and I like it pretty well too. But again, I would love to see him showcase a day in the life of an MT (if he could keep up, haha). Really nowadays, one of the best places to catch Mike is on Facebook, so if you're not following him there, you are definitely missing out. He even let's his dog post once a week, so there is really something for everyone there.
What I really like about Mike Rowe is his attitude...towards his job and other people. He does not carry around a sense of entitlement. He is not too good to do anything. And if it seems ridiculous, he does it anyway, and without a lot of griping and crying, but instead more typically with tongue in cheek and a friendly self-deprecating attitude. I like that. He is fun to be around because he is kind to people. He appreciates that there are many pieces to a puzzle. He doesn't take the minutiae very seriously. He understands that we all got do what we got to do and sometimes it ain't pretty. And when something is bad, wrong, or just plain ridiculous, he doesn't cry unfair, have a fit, or get ugly. He takes a realistic look and tries to figure out how to do the best he can with what he has. He asks for help. He puts his efforts into changing things he sees problems with. Even better, encourages us to do that too.
Having a "bad attitude" is one of the most toxic things you can do to yourself on so many levels. It is hard on your health, hard on your family, hard on your friends (if you have any left), and hard on your career aspirations (ergo, your financials). And working remotely from home, it can be a difficult thing to even recognize in yourself, let alone to change. Unfortunately, once you have one, it can be a hard thing to get rid of, both literally and as far your reputation with others.
So, do you find yourself feeling frustrated, angry, bitter, and resentful about your job on a regular basis? That in itself is not having a bad attitude at all, but what do you do about it? Do you pout, whine, constantly complain, lose your professionalism, or turn in sloppy work? Look at that. Do you want that person working with you to accomplish your goals? Do you want to help that person? Is that the person you want to be? Or do you stay positive, do your research, make sure your expectations are realistic, see what changes YOU need to make to affect your situation (even if you might have to go so far as to change your job or even your career path)? Do you expect others to change or do you realize that you may have to change your way of thinking, your way of doing...your attitude?
The truth is, no matter how awesome, wonderful, and entitled you think you are, things are not going to be the way you want them to be just because you think you deserve that. You have to have something to offer, you have to find, make, and pursue opportunities, and then you have to put your money where your mouth is. Every company and every job is not good and nothing you can do will make it so. But do not fall into the trap of feeling that this is your lot in life. There are good jobs and good companies out there, and if you are patient, persistent, have something to offer, and attack it with a good attitude, you will have a much better chance at finding one that meets or even exceeds (gasp!) your expectations. P.S. I listed some tips for accomplishing this in my last post.
And be sure to check out Mike Rowe. One of these days, he is bound to get around to us MTs, right?