It can’t be helped, I’m an optimist. And I have always loved to learn new skills. I used to assume that anyone that had a job wanted certain things from that said job… satisfaction, the opportunity to advance, the ability to learn new things (aka better themselves), being able to add more skills to their resume, an atmosphere of fun as well as hard work, and well, you get the gist. Perhaps I was projecting what I had always wanted onto others, including my employees. What I learned, however, was that some people are just marking time, earning some money just because we all have to. They don’t have the desire or motivation to move forward.
It doesn’t mean that these people are not good employees. They may do their job well but just not want to know more, learn more, achieve more. They are happy to make money and then go out and live their lives outside of work. Some have families that take up all their time and energy, some have hobbies that fuel their passion, others may just like to take it easy. Not everyone is ambitious and that’s okay, since it lowers the competition out there.
The vibe that people not into “being all that they can be” can also be calming in a business environment. Since they are not worried about getting ahead, they likely won’t be looking at everyone as possibly taking their job away from them or trying to undermine the other employees. This type of employee can be the “bread and butter” of your business… happy to stay just where they are and do what they do.