Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Waiting for Job Charming

I will start this post with a quote from the book "Your Money or Your Life" by Joe Dominguez & Vicki Robin:
"We're like the princess who keeps kissing toads, hoping one day to find herself hugging a handsome prince. Our jobs are our toads."
The statement above is a testament to the fact that we, white-collared workers are living a disillusioned life. Instead of finding the root cause of all this misery, we blame it on a title, a company, a brand, a superior.

Then we'll say, "I have to look for another job or another company".

So we jump from one rat cage to another, hoping to find that perfect job - that one job with enough "work-life balance" and a fat pay package to make up for the time (life) lost in the process. In most cases, the root of the problem is not really the job.

It's us.

It's our short-sightedness, a funny kind of myopia. We can't see the light at the end of the tunnel, so we stop digging.

Saving for retirement sounds way too far into the future, so we don't do it. We instead choose to spend whatever we have on material items as they become crutches to our broken souls - to show others that we are doing fine.

As time passes, things remain unchanged. As our life ticks away in that cubicle, the only thing that changes is the time we have spend with our aged parents, our family, our loved ones and friends.

So stop looking for that perfect job. There may be better ones but never perfect ones. Prince Charming is a fairytale and so is Job Charming.

To be honest, I don't have a guaranteed path out of this corporate rat cage. Just like you, I'm still a rat running on a treadmill. But unlike you, I run with a purpose.

I know why I'm running on this treadmill.

What about you?

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