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Do you want to work to live or live to work?

Sometimes I just wonder why people do what they do. If money wasn't a key piece in our game, would it still be the same? #business #money #economics #philosophy #life-skills #personal-development #financial-planning

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Jayasheela’s Answer

It varies widely from person to person. Though many young people work just to make ends meet, there are a lot of people who choose to work, at least part time, in retirement even if they don't need the money. This is especially true if you like/love the work you do. They say if you love what you do, you don't have to work a day in your life!!
Work gives many people a purpose, a sense of achievement and satisfaction. It lets you apply your skills and knowledge to solve problems, interact with other people and sometimes make lifelong friends.
That being said, a lot of people are stuck doing work they don't like because they need the money or they are afraid that the thing they are really passionate about doesn't pay well enough to support a family etc. For such individuals, not having to work to live would be great.

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Khalia’s Answer

I believe in living to work! What is your measure of success, money or happiness? The latter cannot be bought with the preceding. When what you do for a living makes you happy, when stressing over a detail makes you excited, when you have good dreams about your job--you know you're doing what you were meant to do. Basic survival will make sure that you have your needs. The truth about loving your work/career is this: the more you love it, the harder you'll work at it. The harder you work it, the better you'll be at it. The better you are, the higher your industry value. It's up to you to tap into the resources made available through having a higher value.

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Ukpeme’s Answer


The answer to your question depends on you. First, it is a matter of determining what your purpose is. Put clearly, what motivates you? Are you happy and at peace with what you do?

Without doubt, the remunerations received by working assist to provide the necessities of life. Note that you could derive satisfaction by volunteering.

Living to 'work' for others or serving humanity is a worthy cause. It could be good to say you can live to work in worthy ways. You need not be an employee. Establishing your business could provide you with the luxury of time and convenience.

You may define what inspires you and how you want to live a purposeful life.

Ukpeme recommends the following next steps:

Find out what motivates you. Discover your values , skills and talents.
Decide on the path you wish to channel your abilities.
Be optimistic and believe in yourself.
Whatever work you do ( as employer, employee, volunteer and so on), have positively affecting individuals and the organisation (s) you work for/with as your prime goal.

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Dylan’s Answer

Hey Raii!

Great question to ask and something that many people often ask themselves. I think the best advice I can give you on this one is to find something you love to do on a day to day basis. Invest in your passions and things you truly enjoy. In most cases we will always have to work to live but when you find something your passionate about you will be living to work. Try out different career paths and don't be afraid to trust your instincts if a job isn't for you.

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Rhonda’s Answer

What an interesting question and something I often thing about. In my own life working is a necessity as it affords me the means to do the thing I truly love like travel, reading, spending time with my family and building experiences and memories with them. I have a gratitude practice I try to stick to a much as possible and each day I look for something to be truly thankful for. I find that an attitude of gratitude adds joy to my days whether I'm busy at work on an important deadline or relaxing on a beach with friends.