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by Mary Santiago

“We believe that it’s the little things that mean the most, that kindness really does matter, that you should always be yourself, do what you love, and try to make the world a better place!” -Natural Life

Do what you love and be yourself. All the current folks I work with at Vagrant Coffee fall under this category. Google says that at least 85% of people hate their jobs. If that’s the case, what’s the point of hustling at all! Why work so hard at something you hate and then not even be able to enjoy the fruit of your labor. If you are hustling everyday, you should at a minimum be enjoying it. In 2013, Forbes magazine reported on a poll saying “work is more often a source of frustration than fulfillment for nearly 90% of the world’s workers.” How depressing…..

Vagrant is unique, and while of course we want to succeed, be cool, and make money, we care about the people we work with. If you aren’t enjoying the hustle at Vagrant, that’s okay…. We’ll actually help you find a hustle somewhere else. That’s how much we believe in this! It doesn’t mean we don’t have frustrating days, but the work should never be so distasteful that you are miserable all the time because of it.

Did you know, “62% of workers were also described as “not engaged,” meaning they are “unhappy but not drastically enough to do something about it. If you are not engaged, you are not hustling… We say, do something about it! In short, they’re checked out. They sleepwalk through their days, putting little energy into their work.” That’s crazy! Disengaging on that level is sad, especially when this is a choice! As Tony Robbins always says “You are what you tolerate!”

If you have lost your passion and zeal for work, you should do some soul searching as to why this is. Is there something you can change in your own circumstances that make this a more pleasurable and fulfilling experience? Often times, people that are unhappy in one aspect of work find themselves to be happy in another. It is because this is most often an internal problem, a perspective problem, and a personal willingness to tolerate the status quo. The first steps always start with you! Work is a substantial part of life and something this significant should be exciting, so much so that you never stop talking about it.

I can’t stop telling people over and over again about what I do! It’s not just about making the best cup of coffee or doing wedding shows and other events. It’s about the bigger picture that makes me smile and talk with people I encounter on and off the clock, which then makes more connections for more opportunities. Better yet, I get to do that and be me! Being authentic and genuine allows me to help make the world a better place. Caffeinating the masses is simply topping on the cake!

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