Review: The Janitor

The week is finally over and the diet has gone downhill and the exercise has been nonexistent, but I did manage to spend a few minutes perusing one of my favorite places – Barnes & Noble.

A friend of mine gave me some gift cards and what better way to spend the money then at the bookstore. As I was looking over some titles in the computer section on hot topics like Adobe InDesign, I stumbled across a little book in the business section titled “The Janitor”. it was the clever book cover that initially caught my eye, and then the inside jacket phrasing put me over the top and I threw it in my basket for check out.

That very night as I was cruising off to bed, I decided to start the book and became throughly engaged; however, an early morning meeting on the last day of work prompted the closure of the book for the night.

Picking it back up the next day, I sat down in a comfortable chair, a cup of coffee and cracked open the book and few hours later, I was finished. The book mixes in some spiritual aspects as well as the idea that work and life are very intertwined.

Here are the six main points of the book:

  1. Recharge vs. Discharge – you have to refuel at some point – if your brain doesn't get refueled then you are no good.
  2. View Family as a blessing, not a responsibility – you have a lot on your plate at work, but viewing family as a responsibility just adds to one's overload. Family should be your top priority.
  3. Pray; don't pout – take it to the Lord in prayer – ask for His guidance and wisdom.
  4. Pass it around whatever your gift or talent, pass it on to someone. If you are an encourager – encourage. If you are a helper – help. Just pass it on.
  5. Don't spend; invest! – when you spend you deplete your account especially when it comes to your employees – you demand and push and they become disengaged. View the alternative point of you – invest in them, bring them into the process and empower them for greatness!
  6. Leave a legacy! – what do you want to leave behind, a profit or loss, the respect of those whom you worked with? Think about it – its important.

I highly recommend picking up this book. I was a little tired last night and it took me far longer to read it then it should have, but once you get lost in the story, time just slips by. Enjoy the read.

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