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Helping Someone, or Just Doing Your Job?

October 11, 2011

Perhaps you can think of a time when you have said or heard someone say “I’m just doing my job” in place of “you’re welcome”.  Considering the implications reveals that this is not a very empowering thing to say.  It deflects the appreciation, for one thing, which is a disservice to both parties.  It also implies a separation of values, a distinction between performing an act of service and doing the job (for whatever reason).  “I didn’t do this because I wanted to help you, I did it because it’s my job.”

Is your job an act of service?  If not, why are you doing it?  Do you want a thankless job?  That next action you’re about to take, is it intended to help someone, or is it just part of the program?


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