From Lose Friends Radio comes this reading ‘On reciprocity’, narrated as an excerpt from ‘How to Lose Friends and Infuriate Your Boss’. You can read the transcript below, or listen to the original ABC recording by clicking on the green play button: [audio:Boss_Jonar_Nader_14_Reciprocity.mp3]
The world offers its beauty and invites us to partake in its generosity. All that is required of us is to reciprocate. The law of reciprocity allows us to extract love, when we inject affection. To extract peace, when we inject happiness. And to extract wealth, when we inject value. When we give our best, we can claim the best. Central to all these riches, is our career. It is the mechanism through which we toil lovingly so we can be rewarded completely. Through our work, we can claim our worth. Through our labour, we can claim our rest. Through our craft, we can claim our position. Are you really engaged in a labour of love, or are you merely an employee whose primary objective is to race through the day to get home on time. Those whose current job is not rewarding, can be certain that their next job will not be rewarding. This means that if you’re not happy at this moment, you will not be happy at a later moment, because ‘time’ and ‘place’ do not govern happiness. The same goes for job-satisfaction; it has little to do with the job itself.
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