Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. -Steve Jobs
The stats are staggering. In our lifetime the average person spends 90,000 hours working. If that’s the case we should place ourselves in the best position possible to ensure the work we are doing is fulfilling. I’m not talking about the utopian idea of happy faces and high fives all day at work. That’s just awkward. I’m talking about using your skill sets to create a filling life that makes you feel you’re contributing and worthy.
Work has taught me so many things about myself. It’s how I learned to be social with other people. It became a venue to show off my work ethic and discipline. It became a financial motivator to provide for my family. The experience of work has also molded many of my worldviews about life which has guided me through the good times and the bad times.
Without relationships life is pointless. I literally mean that. As much as we say we hate people, just think about what happened to Tom Hanks in the movie Castaway. Finding himself stranded on a deserted island all by himself for years, he began to go crazy. He eventually imagined a friend in the shape of a volleyball and called it Wilson. His friend, Wilson, was that only thing that gave him meaning while he was all alone.
Relationship whether in the shape of a volleyball or in the shape of a human being adds quality to our lives.
No one is more important in my life than my wife and child. That should be obvious but some say family comes first but their actions prove otherwise. My biological family comes next. It’s an easy relationship to maintain because of our history and mutual respect for each other. When s*%t hits the fan they are always there for me. Coming in third would be my friendships. I can’t number more than five close friends that I have and I have no problem with that. It’s by design. Others claim to have more friends than that but deep down those “friendships” have financial and reciprocal motives. It’s a friend they do business with or a “friend” who always expect something in return. My closest friends need nothing from me and neither do I. Quality over quantity is how I maintain the friends I have now.
I’m a business owner because I desired the freedom to make as much money as I wanted. This also gave me the freedom to create my own schedule. I write often because it provides the freedom to say what’s on my mind without reservation of what my boss might think. I take CrossFit classes because it gives me the freedom mix up my training program on a weekly basis. A freedom other programs don’t provide.
I believe we take our freedoms for granted until we are forced to place restrictions on what we can or can’t do.
Every choice I make is based on the limitation it may or may not place on my freedoms. The greatest freedom I have is my ability to choose. To choose positivity over negativity. Communication over silence. Knowledge over Ignorance.
The ability to choose is the most underutilized skill that human beings possess to their ultimate happiness.
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