Driven to Drink?

Wednesday, 21 February 2007, 3:40 | Category : working
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I’ve been accused for the past several years of being a workaholic. I do too much, work too late, try too hard, go too far. If someone was chosing words to describe me, they’d probably either call me dedicated or stupid. In the nature of being a workaholic, I’ve learned a lot about setting priorities, and about the things I need to get everything done.

I’ve also learned that sometimes, co-workers can drive you to drink. Sometimes they don’t work when you need them to, they don’t do the things you need them to do, and sometimes they just demand too much.

One of my co-workers today (not the ones who drive me to drink – one who helps me today) imparted a great piece of insight: “Your coworkers should not drive you to drink.” It wasn’t something I had really ever considered. I’ve spent my life around people who are not workaholics – and their tendencies to leave work at the end of the day, leave their laptops at the office, and take long lunches. I just thought it was normal that the 80/20 principle applied to work too. 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people – and I was part of the 20%.

So, the next time I raise my peach martini glass – I’m going to do it because I earned it, not because some co-worker drove me to it.

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