“Today, we’re gonna do a…oil change!”
That’s what an adorable young girl said in her latest video– as her hands sprang above her head with joy— on the Little “How To” Girl Youtube channel, posted Monday. Appropriately called, “How To Do An Oil Change (Episode 8),” she literally walks viewers through the process step-by-step. Her channel currently has more than 3,800 subscribers and she’s a mere three years old.
Other videos of hers include: “How to Change a Lock (Episode 2),” “How To Fix a Leaky Faucet” and “How To Make A Bedtime Snack and Fix a Headlight (Episode 6).”
— Laughing Squid (@LaughingSquid) May 10, 2017
But here’s the thing: no matter how many years it’s been since you were three, there are a few things you can apply to your career.
1. Don’t forget how capable you are
You really can achieve anything. This little girl didn’t let her age get in the way of walking viewers through the process with a genuine smile.
At one point, she gets a little frustrated with a tool used for taking off the oil filter. “No! I can’t do it…” But then she pushed forward anyway, triumphantly declaring, “yes, I can.”
This ties into the concept of “self-compassion.”
According to a 2003 article in Self and Identity, “self-compassion entails being kind and understanding toward oneself in instances of pain or failure rather than being harshly self-critical; perceiving one’s experiences as part of the larger human experience rather than seeing them as isolating; and holding painful thoughts and feelings in mindful awareness rather than over-identifying with them.”
The article went on to state, “results indicate that self-compassion is significantly correlated with positive mental health outcomes such as less depression and anxiety and greater life satisfaction.”
2. Take comfort in multitasking
“Time to unscrew the drain plug!”
Her very cute and correct advice: “Always use a plug while unscrewing the drain plug,” and “then you can eat a cookie while you wait for the oil to drain out!”
“The oil’s draining, my lord…” She then launches into her very own rendition of the religious song “Kumbaya” complete with a few words about the oil change process— as the oil seeps out and she clutches a cookie.
There’s nothing wrong with taking on a few things at the same time, and finding ways to spice up your work process.
3. Enthusiasm will always be in style
Little “How To” Girl is not lacking in the enthusiasm department— you don’t have to be either, but if you don’t love your job now, there are ways to find purpose in it.
In a 2016 Motto article, Adam Poswolsky draws on the advice he provided in his book “The Quarter-Life Breakthrough: Invent Your Own Path, Find Meaningful Work, and Build a Life That Matters.”
“If there’s a project that aligns with your purpose or something that gets you excited, do it. If there’s an initiative you want to be involved in, get involved. Don’t wait for an invitation to start loving your job, make it happen yourself. Be proactive and ask your boss. If your boss ignores you, ask someone else,” Poswolsky writes on not waiting to find meaning in your position.
4. Break barriers
Especially gender barriers. No matter how you identify, feel free to pursue any position you choose. Little “How To” Girl flawlessly shows us that even though women don’t hold the majority of auto-related jobs, there’s no shame in her game.