We’ve heard enough of the Generation Y mantra. “Work to live!” Gen Ys are the rebellious young professionals who put more value on flexible work hours over salary. That’s fine and dandy for those who never experienced financial hardships in life. But those who need to work to put food on the table beg to differ.
We got to give them credit though, it IS important to have a work-life balance. Who wants to work their butts off with little time to do the things they love, or spend time with the people in their lives? But, it is not necessarily bad to “live to work” either. Particularly, if you love what you are doing.
When your work is your passion, it ceases to be “work”. Work becomes easy and enjoyable. It is no longer a job to put a roof over your heads, work becomes the source for self-actualization. All of us have that need to express our full potential, and when your work continuously allows you to do so, you’d love to live to work.
I’ve always envied people whose hobby is their work. Like outdoor enthusiasts who run white water rafting companies; or musicians who play the whole day; or even inventors who earn gazillions on their inventions. Not everyone who lives to work and pursues their passions may have a lot of money, but they have fulfilling lives.
When you try to figure out what you are passionate about, be true to yourself. Do not be dictated by society’s idea of success which is rooted in money and prestige. You can choose to be lousy and miserable in a high paying job or you can be skillful and fulfilled in a more humble occupation.
When you’re motivated by your passion though, financial success won’t be too far off. Look for opportunities to expand on your passion. From a skillful carpenter, you may level up and start a business as a home builder. It’s a matter of finding your niche.
So go ahead and live to work — but only if you love it!