Why do you work? Is it just so you can get a paycheck, and maybe some health insurance and retirement benefits? Okay, those are legitimate reasons, but why do you REALLY work? Think about it for a minute. If you still say you work because of a paycheck, benefits and retirement, you’re not quite up to speed with my point. At least go to the next step and realize you don’t work for money – you work for what money can do for you, your family, etc.
Money is a tool. Money is a method by which each of us can tangibly set and execute on priorities in life. Too many of us forget that money is not our master, but our servant. Money is a terrible master – it makes you miserable, greedy and ungrateful. But as a servant, money is AWESOME! Do you know how much fun it is to be in charge of your money? How much fun you can have giving it away or spending it on fun things? How calming it is to know that if something goes wrong, you’ve got an emergency fund that will keep you housed, clothed and fed while you deal with whatever crisis has come up?
Since as of late I’ve dealt with a lot of people who’ve complained about working at a job they hate, I want to remind you of why you go to work every day. You go because you want money, but only because of what money can do for you. But you also need to remember you work because you want to be able to take care of your family. You work because you want to make a difference in the world. You work because you want to be challenged. You work because you know you have skills and talents no one else has. You work because God has given you the ability. Don’t take that for granted. I know plenty of people who can’t work. I know others who refuse.
One of the major marks of maturity in my book is perseverance. Life won’t always be easy, nor will it always be fun. But if you’re miserable, it may only take a change in perspective to turn things around. And if that won’t do it – find something else to do. You spend too much time working to be at a job you hate.