When hiring, look beyond skills and experience to see if the candidate knows how to enjoy her job. People who enjoy their work are usually more successful than those who don’t. No matter what we do the top button of our business must be fastened properly. If we think, “I’ll just do it this way for now and fix it later, it usually does not happen, because later we may not have the motivation to fix it, or we just get used to the way it is. It is like moving into a house and deciding to fix it up over time.
Even after many years, we never get around to fixing it up. We end up just living with the way things are for a long time.
Someone thinks, “I’ll study hard so I can get into a prestigious college.” Someone else thinks, “I’ll study hard so I can teach my sister, who cannot attend school because my family cannot afford to send her. Although they both have the same determination to study hard, their motivations are quite different.
A vow to help others can summon immense energy from within. This is why people take the Bodhisattva vows to save all sentient beings before embarking on a journey of spiritual enlightenment. When you are making a decision, try to assess how many people it will benefit.
If it satisfies only your ego and unnecessarily hurts many, then it is the wrong decision.
Excerpt From: Haemin Sunim. “The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to Be Calm and Mindful in a Fast-Paced World”.