One example: After outfitting his car for karaoke, Seattle rideshare driver Rommel Landon says he doesn’t have to motivate himself to go to work. “I just want to do it!”
For professional driver Rommel Landon, the stress of Seattle traffic finally hit a crescendo one day last year. But it also gave him an idea to make his job better: Why not combine his love of karaoke with driving his Lyft and Uber passengers?
Landon had his white Prius detailed with musical notes and the words “Sing Karaoke.” Then he outfitted his car with all the technology he needed, just like a recording studio. He even installed a switch inside the car to make the rooftop ceiling come alive with disco lights.
People loved it.
“I found something that makes people happy, and that’s a rare thing,” says Landon, “especially in Seattle traffic.”
And the best part is that he turned his regular job into something new.
“I don’t have to motivate myself to go to work. I just want to do it!” he says.
Landon’s new spin on his job incorporates three important qualities: something he loves to do, something he finds fascinating and something that aligns with his values. This creates job satisfaction, according to Elizabeth Atcheson, a Seattle career coach and owner of Blue Bridge Career Coaching.
In more than 14 years of experience in the career development field, Atcheson has worked with all sorts of people hoping for a change.
Atcheson jokes that after she works with someone to conduct career assessment testing and learns all she can about them, she feeds the information into her “career-o-matic,” which reveals new occupations to explore. But for those trying to decide whether they should stay in their current profession, Atcheson says it is easiest to start by paying attention.
Try asking yourself one simple question: What part of your current job do you really enjoy? Then work on either transitioning to a job that has more of what you like, or finding a way to add more of it into your existing job, she says.
This is what Landon did. “I’m always searching for the positive things so I can make any job I have more fun.”
For him, that’s connecting with people he meets and offering them a chance to forget about regular life for a while. “I want to make people happier and it’s amazing to see how you can turn someone’s mood around,” he says.
Landon, who also works as a freelance web developer, happens to have a background as a karaoke DJ. With permission, he even records videos of passengers singing for his website, seattlecarkaraoke.com.
For those like Landon who are able to add things they love into their current job instead of jumping ship, Atcheson has three suggestions:
Talk to your boss. Share your ideas and make sure they add value to the company.
Look into training. Take advantage of any classes or professional development
Talk to others. Set up informational meetings with people who do the kinds of things that interest you.
“Often it’s not that a particular job is broken, it’s just that a person needs to move toward the stuff that grabs them,” says Atcheson.
Though only about 5 percent of Landon’s passengers are brave enough to sing, most love that the opportunity exists. He has seen all sorts of people sing, from CEOs on their way to a business meeting to military veterans belting out ballads. They all leave the car feeling way better than when they entered it.
“Sometimes when you meet a stranger, you can have the most impact,” says Landon. “Maybe we only have five or 10 minutes together, but I focus on what I can do to make a difference. I just have to say, ‘This car has karaoke.’ That’s how I do it.”