In 1806 a twelve year old boy, Cornelius Vanderbilt, was forced to work for his father in his small shipping business. It was unpleasant work and he hated it. Cornelius was a very ambitious child and in his mind he set the following goal: within a couple of years he was going to start his own shipping enterprise. This simple shift in perspective changed everything. Now this job was a brilliant opportunity to learn. Cornelius kept his eyes open and learnt everything he could about his father’s business, including how he could do things better. The job became an exciting challenge.
Struggling at work
Sometimes you may find yourself struggling to endure work that does not seem so rewarding. It becomes difficult to pay attention and enjoy your work. Most of your time at work becomes dead time and you cannot wait for work to end each day. Your job is a necessary burden, your dreams are fading and you’re trapped by the need to not fall off your own treadmill. You spend your earnings trying to find happiness. It is in these difficult times that a change of perspective and applying a long-term mindset can help you.
Cornelius Vanderbilt’s long term mindset helped him accomplish his goals
Four years after being forced to work for his father, at the age of sixteen, Cornelius Vanderbilt borrowed $100 from his mother. He used the money to buy a boat and began ferrying passengers between Manhattan and Staten Island. Within a year he had managed to pay back the loan from his mother. Five years later, at the age of twenty-one, he had made a fortuneand was on his way to becoming the wealthiest man of his time.
Never be a minion, always be an owner. – Cornelius Vanderbilt
Alter your perspective; apply a long-term mindset
Almost all of us go through a time when we struggle to endure work that does not seem rewarding. We can always transform this unrewarding work from something dead to something alive. If we shift our perspective and have a long-term mindset in a similar way to Cornelius Vanderbilt, then we can use our time at work to learn as much as we can about what is going on around us. There are many lessons that can be learnt even in a negative environment. You learn how to identify a bad environment. You learn about what you would like to change when you eventually get an opportunity to be in charge. How you could do things better. You have to pay attention and absorb as much information as possible. This will help you endure work that does not seem so rewarding.
Shift your perspective and apply a long-term mindset in all the work you do. You will be amazed how much you can learn with the right attitude in place.