Today marks the New Year’s Eve. Many are already preparing to pop the champagne, throwing in the final minutes at work or simply, just waiting to clock out on the dot from work.
It’s OK if you didn’t get your dream job
“We’ll call you,” said my interviewer.
They never called me.
I felt like a complete failure. I was 21 at the time. I really wanted to work for one of the top financial companies.
I didn’t get the job.
Who cares? Life turned out great. But I didn’t know it at the time.
Back then, I thought it was the end of the world. But it wasn’t.
[, Founder of www.ceolifestyle.io]
Takeaway: What you didn’t get today will eventually drive you into a better path. We, humans, are biologically in tuned to thrive in our environment since eons ago. Trust us; you’ll find your way, and you’ll be fine.
Work hard, but play hard too.
Appreciate the people you work with, take care of your investors, celebrate successes along the way, communicate lavishly – good news and bad news, tell the truth, don’t try to maximize everything, and stop to smell the roses. Life is pretty short and most of what really matters don’t happen at the office. [From Joel Peterson, quoted by Matthew Wyndowe]
Takeaway: We all are familiar with this rule, yet how many of us actually live by it? Take time, appreciate the people who matter, and your job can wait. If it doesn’t provide you a well-balanced life, then you may want to think hard if you’re willing to forgo the major part of your life in exchange for titles and money per se.
You may not achieve everything, but you’ll get to somewhere
When I set myself a goal, I make it unachievable. When I took up archery, I said ‘I’m going to go to the Olympics’, when I revise for a test I say ‘I’m going to get 100%’, when I go for a run I say ‘I’m going to beat my best time by a full minute’.
To me, if I achieve a goal, that means I could have set a harder one, I could have done better. I set goals I know I can’t reach, to make sure I never stop trying. [Jake Williams]
Takeaway: “Aim high, reach for the galaxy and end up amongst the stars.” Sounds familiar? This theory may work for some, but it won’t work for others. Know yourself best, whether you’d like to achieve a salary raise in 6 months time, or to discuss with your boss about your prospective promotion in the next 12 months. Set your goals, target and strategise to win. Even if you can’t achieve it within the year, you’ve already planted a seed and it’ll eventually grow and bloom.
It’s not how much you earn, but what you make of your money
It’s not about how much you make, it’s about what you do with your earnings that count. Not all doctors/celebrities/lawyers/CEOs are wealthy – many are either bankrupt, on their way, or on the brink! Just because they project a life of comfort doesn’t mean they are truly happy. And just because a job doesn’t sound impressive to most people who believe in Universal Propaganda, it doesn’t mean that one cannot become wealthy from it or live a happy, sustainable, and healthy life. [Dandan Zhu, Founder, Dandan Global]
Takeaway: The society presumes that we’ll only be happy if we follow a ‘fail-proof’ laid-out path. Go to college, be a graduate, apply for a corporate job and earn high flying position and money, then only you’ll be successful. Ideally, you’ll make your family proud, but realistically, you’ll be damned to ‘failure’ if you don’t meet the expectations or even if you do, your happiness is at stake. Some will choose to work remotely, while others are chasing the corporate ladder. Whatever your choice may be, choose well and live well. As a wise man used to say, “If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission.”
The going will get tough, but only the tough will survive
Our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers. [M. Scott Peck]
Takeaway: Nobody likes to fail. But if you do get to that stage, always remember that only the best diamonds are crafted under high pressure. Because only with failure, then you’ll learn how to live and search for answers out of your boundaries, your comfort zone. Again, going back to advice number 1, we’re made to survive so what doesn’t kill, will make you stronger.