I recently listened to the Audible version of Russ Robert’s book, How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness*. It’s a great little book. I highly recommend it. This passage towards the end of the book stood out to me:
“Do you want to make the world a better place? Talk to your kids. Go on a date with your spouse without checking your e-mail. Read more Adam Smith and Jane Austen and P. G. Wodehouse and less of the Daily Kos and the Drudge Report. Smile at someone you don’t know or even like. Be nice to your parents, because you can never repay what they did for you. None of this necessarily shows up in some measure of gross domestic product. These actions don’t help pay the bills. They aren’t usually on our to-do list, so we don’t get the satisfaction of checking them off. A week can go by and nothing will happen if we don’t do them. But I think they are the stuff of the good life.”
One thing I would like to add to this quote in our quest of making the would a better place is: DO YOUR JOB!
Just think of all the time we would save if people just did their jobs. Whether it be delivering papers, serving meals, painting buildings, building houses, etc., people should just do their jobs. Martin Luther King said it best when he said, “Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.”
Think of how much better people would feel about themselves if they just did their jobs. Call me crazy, but I don’t think a person can be truly happy when they don’t take pride in their work.
Let’s make the world a better place.