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#35 About Working, Happily

Posted: August 23rd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Life | No Comments »

It’s almost been a month since I wrote a blog post.

I apologize about that, my dear readers.

The reason why it happened was because I went on a deeper journey into reality.

And what have I found? I’ll share it with you today. I hope you’ll learn something valuable from it.

So here’s a thing called life. Life requires that men & women work to earn a living. Like it or not, usually work will feel like a cork that blocks the hole which leads to your happiness.

But what can we do? Quit the job? What about keeping that income to clothe and feed our family?

In the past few weeks, I worked with one of the toughest bosses in the world. Calm, manipulative & cold, he ensured that employees work their hardest, squeezed the most out of their effort, and abused their minds into thinking the way he does (e.g. work mindlessly for no compensation overtime, because that’s how he got ‘tough’) – or personally attacked you for not being a ‘winner’ like he claims he is. Although he makes over $700,000/year, his employee sustenance rate is an average of 4.5 months, hired and lost at least 80% employees in the past 3 years – this is in the advertising/media industry (people say advertising people are tough, but I guess the experience within this workplace has exceeded its limits).

By now you would probably ask, why wouldn’t you just QUIT your job then?

Well, the same reason as everyone else. We think of earning that income to sustain our families and expenditures. I thought of the same too, until… I remembered what I learned from the people who are really successful in the world.

“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. You really should take a job that if you were independently wealthy that would be the job you would take. You will learn something, you will be excited about it, and you will jump out of bed. You can’t miss. You may try something else later on, but you will get way more out of it and I don’t care what the starting salary is.” – Warren Buffett, #1/#2 richest man on earth.

“When I started Oracle, what I wanted to do was to create an environment where I would enjoy working. That was my primary goal. Sure, I wanted to make a living. I certainly never expected to become rich, certainly not this rich. I mean, rich does not even describe this. This is surreal.” – Larry Ellison, multi-billionaire.

The fact is, more than 80% of my dear readers would be suffering in work because of this same reason: We wanted an income, we wanted a reputation, we wanted to live our lifestyles. It may even be a case that we subconsciously thought, “If I leave this job, I’ll never get rich again.” And for what reason do we really want to get rich? To become happier, right? Then why do we make work, the means, to achieve happiness – the end?

Chances are, you could become far richer if you quit the job you dislike. Because doing so allows you to free yourself of the endless cycle, open your eyes, and look into places where your contribution really counts. Into places where what you do can truly allow you to experience constant satisfaction and bliss.

When should you do it?

When your heart says it’s right.

Here’s a quote to sum up this blog post:

“Almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs, multi-billionaire/founder of Pixar & Apple

Thank you for reading.