Money or Work?
There’s always this debate on my mind “which one counts more? Money or Work?” Here, by the word ‘work’ I mean the one in which we are passionate in, one which we love to do. And till now, I haven’t got the answer as my mind swings towards the both ends like a pendulum.
I still remember, just a year ago I had delivered a speech in our farewell program in college. Where I specifically dedicated few lines for my friends who were ready to be apart, “Discover what you love to do, what you are passionate in. Tomorrow, when you get home from work, it should be like ‘wow! I enjoyed working today’ not like ‘God! It’s still 10 days to get paid.’ So, dear friends, don’t you ever chase money but the dream you dream while your eyes are wide open. Eventually, money will follow you.”
Actually, I notice this debate quite often. There is only handful of people who talk against ‘money’, who thinks that the work counts more than money. Rests of the people are like, “Money is the basic fundamental need of our life. Whatever we need can be fulfilled by the help of money but not anything else.” Well, I totally agree with this statement as it says ‘If we want money we can have anything we want but if not we are nothing.’
My point on money or work?
But, what my mind says is “money is just a reward that we earn in exchange of our hard work. Actually it’s not that difficult to earn money. If we want then we can go out and do some laborious work. It pays more than some official work by the way. But, what really is arduous is to find out the thing we are really interested to do. The one in which we want to build our career.
Here, what I’m talking about is the complacency we get, the self-satisfaction we develop by doing what we love. Ok! We need money to survive but what worth is that money which we earn by doing some work we never want to do? Ok! Money delivers us the physical happiness by fulfilling everything we need but what about the mental torture and trauma that torment us every time while we are on work which we never want to do?”
Let’s consider two scenarios, one ‘you have a work which you really are interested in but you don’t get paid enough to pass even the month’ and another ‘you have a work which you don’t prefer for yourself (like you have a degree of one field and working in another) but get paid handsomely’. If you had the choice to choose one of them which one would you go for? Many of you certainly will go for the later one as it will let you cover up your needful every month, go wherever you want, eat whatever you like and so on.
But, I’d go for the former one because it brings no good to you if you aren’t doing your work with the full heart and mind. I believe that is the only way by which we can get the full satisfaction in our life. The remaining physical happiness that comes by being materialistic is just ephemeral in our life. It may expire at any moment but the mental complacency that we gain is for eternity.
Should we prefer chasing our dreams doing the thing we desperately want, we surely can have all the happiness we deserve.
Another point, it’s not always the only way to be satisfied by doing what you love but also by loving what you do. You’ve got to enjoy what you’re doing to the fullest; you’ve got to love it to get better results for yourself.
As Steve Jobs once wisely said, “The only way to be satisfied in your life is to do what you believe is great work and the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
Updated on June 13, 2016
So, since I wrote this article, I’ve been pondering about this a lot. Previously I wrote being on the side of ‘Work’ rather than the money. But, now this thing is going in my mind; was I precisely right about my own opinion? Does work count more than money every time?
Well, it may sound absurd but here I’m being self-contradictory, here I’m delivering paradoxical opinion not because I totally want to divert myself from the opinion I gave earlier to the opposing opinion but because I firmly think that sometimes being paradoxical hands us a feasible solution.
What I said earlier was,”We need money to survive but what worth is that money which we earn by doing some work we never want to do? Ok! Money delivers us the physical happiness by fulfilling everything we need but what about the mental torture and trauma that torment us every time while we are on work which we never want to do?”
Now, I think even though we do some work, which we really want to do and build our career in, if we don’t earn handful of cash to live a basic life, then does that work count? Absolutely no.
You are in work, you have successfully built the required complacency to be satisfied being on that workstation but as soon as you leave from there the invisible bugs (lack of enough cash) starts digging you. Your basic needs and your aspiration of living a more fancy life starts tormenting you. You have to face that embarrassment while you are with your friends and you cannot dig your wallet proudly. At that very moment, you seriously think you are broke and mentally paralyzed. And you might literally be like,” fuck this shit! I quit.” Then, does your so-called “living a life doing what you want” count? A big question mark rises here.
So, let’s talk about the solution for this kind of situation we all face. Going through the comments I received in the earlier post, I got one which stated that to be more pragmatic enough, it’s not money or work which we should look for but the one which we need the most at the particular time. Yes! It might be the relevant idea.
There may be different phases in our life with different conditions where we have to list out what we need the most in a priority order. And we might find ‘work’ and ‘money’ being on top in different situation and timing. Actually, the work and our determination towards building our career only comes when we are strong enough to fulfill our basic needs, when we no more have to think frequently about weight of our wallet. And money is the only thing that does it for us, as simple as that. So, the only way to get yourself out of the trouble like above is to choose the one that you need most in the particular period of life, take risk and move ahead with a thin line of hope within us.
You’ll have the consequences later. That’s why I said in one of my posts:
To be able to decide right thing at the right time is one of the key features of maturity.