If you are a student and are reading this, words like ‘work’, ‘life’ must seem heavy jargons that mostly writers or philosophers use to make their writing or thoughts look deep and serious. Well, but these aren’t just writers or philosophers talking, it’s their experiences. While each one’s experience is unique, it’s helpful to learn from someone else’s experiences. Then use the lesson therein for yourself when it’s time.
Identifying delusions from reality
We tend to live in a bubble created by our limited understanding, lack of awareness and incorrect information or due to a complicated amalgamation of them all.
Life isn’t as what is portrayed in movies or books. The truth is stranger than fiction. But how strange? You’ll only know it when reality sets in. As opposed to some unrealistic expectations we tend to have from ourselves, employees, friends, and even families. Maybe the company won’t offer you the salary figure that you hoped for or even if they do, you might not have the time to spend it. Your friends could be parted by geographical distances and personal priorities. Your family might help you through this yet there’s a part of it, which you need to go through alone.
I guess this sounds too demotivating, but on a brighter side, you might not experience all of this or at least not everything at once. Point is, you have got to keep your goals pragmatic and expectations realistic.
Trade off between Time and Money
Ever heard the metaphor, ‘Time is Money’? Well, it’s true. Businesses are built on this foundation! They pay you, not just for your work but also for your time. While it may not always hold true, but higher chances are that the more money they pay you, lesser the time you have for yourself. Ever heard about investment bankers earning a fortune? If you happen to know one, ask them how many hours a week they have to put into their work. There’s rarely such a thing as the ‘4-hour work week’ (unless you believe in Tim Ferriss)
The Balancing Act
It’s true that money can’t buy you happiness or a good night’s sleep; it’s the peace of mind that does. But it’s also true that lack of money isn’t going to keep you happy or satisfied either. Your work isn’t your life and your life isn’t just about work. Work hard, make money and then use that money to find whatever it is that makes you or your loved ones happy. You should know how much money is enough and how much leisure time is needed and then strive to strike a balance between the two. Meanwhile, try not to get overwhelmed.
Work, money, family, friends, success and failure are all parts of life, yet neither of them is life in itself. Life is all about juggling with these parts and remember no one has ever been a perfect juggler and that’s perfectly okay!
Work, money, family, friends, success and failure- are all parts of life, yet neither of them is life in itself. Life is all about juggling with these parts and remember no one has ever been a perfect juggler and that’s perfectly okay!