Just recently I had a conversation with my colleague about what is most important in life. Everyone will have different opinions on what is most important to us. We mainly categorized them into either family or career (can have more but it depends from person to person).
This choice is not set in stone and can be change anytime depending on which stage of life we are currently at. For example, someone who just started out at a job may be looking at career advancement or someone who recently got married and is looking to start a family.
One should always be clear of which they choose to focus on. I know almost all of us want the best of both worlds (myself included) but we have to accept that we only have 24 hours a day. Whichever we choose to allocate the most time to, will make a lot of difference because we are taking time away from the other things in life.
Many people always say that they have no choice but to do this or that. But by saying that, they do not realize that they have made a choice not to look for other ways. Some will argue that if they do not work, they have no money to survive so they have no choice. But if there is a will, there is a way. Look at all the entrepreneurs in the world. They set out pursuing their passion and interest. Some succeeded while many did not. Those who tried and never gave up will eventually be successful. Therefore, it should not be an excuse for anyone not to look for other ways.
I’m not saying we should all stop working tomorrow and depend on our creativity. But it should serve to remind us that we should all work towards whichever is important to us. If you are concentrating on family being most important, naturally you would want to spend more time with your family and not in your workplace. If you are concentrating on career advancement, you should be looking at learning more skills to ensure you are eligible for the next promotion.
The high salary should never be the reason you are staying on a job you dislike. If you do what you like and look forward to doing it everyday, it is not just a job. I end the post with a quote I love and hopefully it would inspire you to review what is truly important in your life.
“There comes a time when you ought to start doing what you want. Take a job that you love. You will jump out of bed in the morning. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don't like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn't that a little like saving up sex for your old age?” ― Warren Buffett
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