Kacey Musgraves’ work life lessons

Aren’t there times when you sit behind your desk and say you’ll “quit some day when your ship comes in”?

How many years have you done the same old thing and suffered the same old s**t. Office politics, complaining customers, missed deadlines, late nights, incompetent bosses, under funded budgets, unrealistic expectations.

The morning commute is a chore, that is if you’ve even managed to drag yourself out of bed.

Photo by Noah Silliman on Unsplash

When you’re feeling this down about your work, your life becomes miserable and your mindset means that you “can’t see the flowers for the weeds you grow”. It doesn’t matter what it is, but “for you it’s always bad to worse”.

There’s no point getting stressed about it and putting this stress onto others. “I’ve never gotten taller makin’ someone else feel small”.

I hate to tell you this, but “if you’re ever gonna find a silver lining, it’s going to be a cloudy day”.

By putting yourself out there and in the way of the cr*p you’ll also be putting yourself in the way of good things that come your way. The challenge is seeing it — “If you wanna see the forest, you’ve gonna have to look past the trees”.

“Sunlight illuminates a coniferous forest during sunrise” by Steven Kamenar on Unsplash

Every perceived roadblock is an opportunity to find a new solution, a new approach, an innovative idea to show what you’re made of.

That awkward customer who is always complaining, is giving you clues on how to make your business better.

Those roadworks that have meant you have a two mile detour is allowing you to scope out new restaurants or shops on routes you’d never normally see.

The underfunded projects you’re expected to deliver on time are an opportunity to use some creative solutions to deliver the end result, rather than the bog standard deliverable.

“If you wanna fill your bottle up with lightning, You’re gonna have to stand in the rain.”

Get out there and start to make a difference to affect your own life. “Mend your own fences and own your own crazy. Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy”

It doesn’t have to happen overnight, but one step at a time. “I’m alright with a slow burn”.

Lyrics courtesy of Kacey Musgraves: Silver Lining, Blowin Smoke, Biscuits, Miserable, Slow Burn

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