Gentleman, Tested: Crossroads

In an ideal world, we’d all get to do the things we love, and we’d get paid for it. Unfortunately, this isn’t that world and most of us have to be employed for jobs we hold no interest in as a way of making ends meet, keeping the wheels turning, and preserving sustenance. Sometimes, we simply have to do the things we don’t like in order to be able to do the things we love. That’s usually how stepping stones work: the first step-stone is not the main goal but it advances us that much closer to the land on the other side of the stream.

Our ambitious efforts become counter-productive when we make a leap for a stepping stone and remain in the same position, expecting to fulfill our goal(s). Holding on to a job that is of little interest solely for the financial benefits is a reasonable option, for a while. But when holding on halts the pursuit of your true passion, it becomes a burrowing problem, one you might not be willing to acknowledge or reconcile.

It’s often said, and true, that when it comes to working, we’re used to working for money as opposed to the contrary, having money work for us. To align things in order then, we must be willing to face the proverbial crossroads and choose a path: the path to experience (in our field of passion) or the path to income (in a job of little to no interest). As Robert Kiyosaki mentions in his book Rich Dad, Poor Dad, “Seek work for what you will learn, more than what you will earn”.

Here’s hoping you choose wisely.

2 Comment

  1. I actually hope this post will help you in your own endeavors. It’s unfortunate that this is the way of life… do what you don’t like in pursuits of what you want to do in future, which I might is knowing on the door now. Everybody wants to succeed in what they love doing however, this always comes at a price, risks are taken and sometimes people suffer. Don’t look at successful people who made it and try to be like them, you need to carve your own path, they carved theirs. Everybody is different and how and when you succeed is ultimately also different. It’s good to 1) have a source of income on the side so that one can sustain oneself while working on one’s dream or 2) work on your dream and suffer, knowing in the back of your mind that success is not guaranteed either way. Now I hope you will choose wisely.

  2. Thank you for the comment, Lara. You bring up a good point. To clarify though, I wasn’t advocating for people to jump off a cliff without a parachute or a safety net to fall back on (although, referring back to the post now, I can see why you might think that to be my stance–it’s not always all or nothing). My point is this: if you’re truly passionate about something, you shouldn’t let a temporary position take away or cloud your aspirations. Like you said, at times, it’s more about finding that middle ground and using one to fuel the other.

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