Oh, but why can’t I have the best of both worlds? That would be ideal, wouldn’t it? Unfortunately, only a few people enjoy such luxury of life. Most people get stuck in one of them and spend the rest of their working lives wishing they could be part of the other.
Some people prefer to engage in what they enjoy doing which may not necessarily pay well. They are of the view that, their job satisfaction goes beyond the number of zeros on their salary cheques. As long as they feel fulfilled doing what they love, they are content.
But in a time wrecked with economic hardships and financial insecurity, I’m sure most people will choose the latter without thinking twice. Who cares about the inner satisfaction when taxes and tariffs are increased in multiples every month? Will the love of the job pay the bills? Will it put food on the table? Will it afford me the decent I deserve to live? I’m sure these are some of the questions running through your mind.
Poverty is too serious to take as a joke and in this century, one can’t afford to be poor if you want to do more than survive. People take risks and make sacrifices just so they would enjoy the prestige that the ‘rich’ enjoy. But is it worth it finding yourself ‘trapped’ working a job you hate because it keeps the cash flowing in?
Money they say, answers all things; nonetheless, the love of the money is the root of all evil. So where do you strike the balance between being satisfied with what you have and doing whatever it takes to get more than enough? And in this present age, is any amount of money ever enough not to work for more?
I am of the opinion that as long as you love what you do, there is a way to make much out of it so you don’t end up ‘poor.’ Some of the fulfilled decent income-earning individuals may not necessarily be CEOs of multinational corporations. They are the ones who have discovered their strengths and have sharpened them to bring in profit.
One person who particularly inspires me is Audrey Forson, the manager and furniture designer of Tekura. In a society where carpentry is considered a craft meant for the class of people who missed out on life’s educational and corporate opportunities, she has proven that as long as the passion for something exists, no matter how mundane it may look, can be turned into a profitable venture.
Another school of thought would argue that a job you love or hate is a matter of decision. If a job is offering you a lifestyle others would kill to have, why would you hate it? As quoted in the Southpaw movie, ‘if it makes money, it makes sense.’ And if you choose to ‘love’ a job which keeps you buying provisions on credit and keeps you on the loan shark’s speed dial, then it’s up to you.
I’d say, go for the job you love but make sure it doesn’t keep you poor. If it does, the love will eventually evaporate and all you’ll be left with will be resentment as residue. And if you find yourself in a well-paying job you ‘hate,’ find at least one thing you enjoy doing on the job and capitalize on it. Draw enough motivation from it so the riches you gain from it can be fully enjoyed.
What do you think? Would you work for the love of it or the money would do just fine?