What’s your goal? Career vs Job
Wouldn’t it be great if all of us could afford to follow our passion? Wouldn’t it be great if our jobs were our careers? Unfortunately, for the vast majority of working Joes in the world, the job is about the paycheck rather than the passion. However, that may not be a complete bummer.
Most people have a job; that is, something they do to make a living. It is a means to an end i.e. paying for the necessities of life. Some people have careers, which are actually jobs on steroids. People with careers are those that are passionate about what they do, which carries them higher up the levels of that particular path. They are living their life’s passion, in other words. The thing is, it ultimately becomes their whole life. It is the end, no longer the means. In many cases, this means no room for anything else.
People do make a big deal about living your life’s passion, but the fact is passion is exhausting. It takes up all your energy, attention, and time. While you are busy focusing on your passion, life simply passes you by. You have no time for relationships, family, simple joys such as reading a good book or watching a funny video, and the silly little things that happen in life. Passion is all consuming, and ultimately selfish.
This is not to say that passion is a bad thing. In its proper place, passion is the fire that warms the human soul. However, when it takes over a person’s life then it becomes a problem.
The sad thing is most people buy into the illusion that having a career is more satisfying than having a mere job. A career is certainly more materially rewarding, but it is not necessarily a better way to live. People who are career-oriented often forget that real success is when you work to live, and not live to work.
There was a time when everybody knew that. There was a clear separation between work and personal life. That is no longer true today. Career people routinely bring home their work, and with everybody connected 24 hours a day, it can be easy to forget that there are things that are more important. This is why psychologists are pushing for proper work-life balance. Studies show that people that cannot separate their work from their personal life suffer from a host of mental and physical health problems.
This is not a dilemma for people who have mere jobs. They can clock out at the end of the day and go on with their personal lives without a backward glance. This is the time people with a good work-life balance indulge their passions. It could be cooking a good meal, watching movies, doing crossword puzzles, computer gaming, social networking, and so on.
It is not good if you are in a job that you despise, but it is just as bad when it takes over your life. Just like in everything, moderation is the key.