Do you ‘Work to Live’ or ‘Live to Work?’
There seem to be three camps when it comes to perspectives on the ‘Work to Live’ or ‘Live to Work’ debate.
When people choose careers, my feeling is that they tend to look for work that gives them enough money to fund their current lifestyle and find a job where they may enjoy some factors, at least in the beginning.
Once in a role, people generally seem to follow a career path laid out for them by that employer. Many workers passively accept the work they are given and (if they’re are lucky) the training programs that organizations provide. It appears that few people spend time outside of their jobs to consider that there could be more on offer. Few seem to spend time understanding what elements of that job they most enjoy or seek out opportunities to grow their careers in the direction that most suits their desires and their financial needs.
As employees, we can explore, and have people who manage or lead us explore, by asking questions like:
I don’t claim to be a financial planner of any sort, far from it, but I recognize the importance of working for a living. I also recognize the necessity to our mental health of doing something that energizes rather than depletes us. If we spend time considering (or find people to help us to evaluate) what financial and passion plans we need to map our futures to support our goals, we can create careers that meet our combined needs.
We are not confined to the boundaries put on us by one job, or even one career path. We are much broader than that, and we need to celebrate that fact.
With such insight, we can begin to understand better what drives us and take ownership of shaping our careers to meet our combined needs, rather than looking to organizations to do it for us. We are the masters of our destinies, and I believe we need to take more ownership over our future career paths.
If you’re someone who loves their job or career, and you’d like to be interviewed for the my upcoming book on the subject, or be a guest on the upcoming ‘Love to Work’ podcast, please reach out to me on firstname.lastname@example.org.