“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”
I was 13 years old when I decided that working in live television was going to be my calling. I don’t remember the exact moment. But at this point in my life, I can’t ever remember a time when meeting people, learning more about them and sharing their stories on television wasn’t part of my past, present or future.
Sure, some days I’m sleepy. Or overwhelmed. Or stressed out. Sometimes I’m criticized for my appearance. Other times I’m hard on myself for not performing like I think I should. Like anything in life, there are ups and downs.
But even on the worst days, I absolutely love my job. And on the best days, I leave work feeling like I introduced our viewers to someone they needed to meet. I want to take what I learned on television and practice it in my home. I spent a few minutes with someone I admire and soak up their incredible energy and success.
These are a few of the moments that I’ve been delighted by lately at my day job:
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Lidia Bastianich is the epitome of Italian cooking. The director of Twin Cities Live gave us her new cookbook as part of his wedding present to us. Lidia was booked to appear on the show just weeks later. Coincidence? I think not. Her love of food and family is positively infectious.
Amy Thielen is a Park Rapids, Minnesota native with an outstanding cookbook and a new show on The Food Network. Her book gives Midwestern cooking the cred it deserves and rarely receives. Plus, she’s authentic, lovely and very cool.
I started mixing flour, water and yeast within about five minutes of walking in the door to my house after meeting Zoe Francois and Dr. Jeff Hertzberg. They are the authors of The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.
Thanks to their inspiration, my house consistently smells like fresh baked bread and I have a vat of dough in the fridge at all times. Not a bad boule, eh?
And finally, meeting Roswell the painting horse reminded me just how important having a purpose is, no matter who or what you are. Clearly, he takes pleasure in his work and it speaks for itself.