Does 71% of your time earn the stamp of success?
Check the light-hearted social media pages like FaceBook on Fridays, and you can bet your bottom dollar, that there’ll be an avalanche of jokified posters celebrating the fact that it’s Friday which means counting down the hours to knock off time.
Then along rolls Monday and sure as nuts there comes the FB avalanche again, but this time depicting the scary depression of Mondays.
Yes, it may be light-hearted, and yes, there is nothing bad about enjoying weekends, BUT, not enjoying Monday to Friday begs questioning. Just do the simple Maths: two days of enjoyment against five days of yuckypoo Aaaaarrgh!!
That means 71% of your adult working life is spent in misery waiting for relief. And over the 29% of it, floats a cloud containing the dread of returning to work on Monday.
But besides the fact that such an imbalance can genuinely cause depression along with a host of other unwelcome conditions, it’s hardly a life that earns the stamp of success, no matter what material assets may have been accumulated.
So how does ‘what you do’ truly earn the stamp of success?
- love doing it,
- feel that it is really meaningful,
- and you derive a sense of independence from it.
It is never too late to address this matter unless your mind has taken permanent leave of your body and/or you are no longer breathing! And even if age leaves you on the wrong side for launching a career in brain surgery for example, there are still affiliated avenues to pursue where the sweet taste of success waits for you.
Although, initially, you may find it difficult to identify what brings you joy and fulfilment, the traces are still there deep within you. There are various tools and exercises that we can do to help us re-discover our own personal passion gems, and once discovered, there are further measures we can take to become courageous, and impervious to the critics, including our own inner critic.
“Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi