It bears repeating, the work comment that’s sometimes made…no matter if you’ve heard it many, many times, or if you’re hearing it for the first time.
No one ever lies on their deathbed wishing they’d spent more time at the office.
Work is just a means to an end – even if you’re self-employed. It is not the end in itself; no matter how interesting the job is.
Staking your existence on how you earn money, and making it the be all and end all is, well, a waste of your life.
For a start, your job could finish at any time.
You may just go in tomorrow and suddenly find it no longer exists.
Therefore, make sure you work to live, not live to work.
Allied to that, too many people, mostly men, die not long after retiring. Their job gave them meaning – how…bloody…sad.
Unsurprisingly, other people can and have said this piece of advice much better than I have.
Here’s part of a speech by Anna Quindlen, a Pulitzer Prize Winner in 1992 for Commentary.
You cannot be really first rate at your work if your work is all you are. So here’s what I wanted to tell you today. Get a life. A real life, not a manic pursuit of the next promotion, the bigger pay cheque, the larger house. Do you think you’d care so very much around these things if you blew an aneurysm one afternoon, or found a lump in your breast.
It is just employmenet, that’s all.
Work, a minor part of life, not what you die wishing you’d devoted more time to.
(P.S. This is for the great majority of job types. If how you employ your daylight hours truly is your passion, and is for the good of the planet and others…ignore this piece of advice)