Thursday, December 12 2013, 12:04 PM MST
Web Exclusive: Engaged and Motivated at Work
X96's Bill Allred explains how he stays motivated and engaged at his job after doing it for more than 20 years.
SHAUNA LAKE: How do you stay engaged in a job that you’ve been doing that long? I mean for anybody that does the same job for 20 plus years it’s hard to stay engaged and motivated.
BILL ALLRED: That’s the trick isn’t it? I mean how do you do it? How long have you been doing…
SHAUNA LAKE: 20 years.
BILL ALLRED: Is it 20 years now? It really is the key. First of all you’re lucky and I’m lucky. I assume you have the same feeling about what you do. We’re the lucky people because we really, really like what we do. Most people don’t really like their jobs. Their jobs, they tolerate their jobs or they hate their jobs. Their jobs are a means to an end. Their jobs are, they do their jobs so they can go out and do what they like to do. We do our jobs because we really like to do them, and then we go out and do things that are fun, but we really like doing our jobs. So that’s how, I mean that’s how I stay engaged with it, and also there’s just something new every day. And it’s like being in a play. I once, when I was in the theatre, I was on tour in Florida, and we were doing children’s theatre and going from school to school in Florida, and we were doing a production of Hansel and Gretel for K- through third grade, kindergarten through third grade. And it was a simple little play that lasted 40 minutes and not a very challenging play. But the challenge was I did this play 380 times in the course of a year. So how do you do that? How do you do that without going crazy? Some people in this theatre company didn’t. So how do you do that? How do you do that without going crazy? Some people in this theatre company didn’t. There were I think 12 of us all together on the road, staying in motels, driving around in one truck and one van, and some people couldn’t do it. There were people that dropped out and we had to bring in new actors, but I could do it. Because you try to find something new in it and fun in it, but the Radio From Hell show it’s just fun to do.
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