Do you strive for a career or just money

India
February 9, 2011 6:51am CST
Hey guys, I used to think only about money so I kept on changing my job without realizing my interest and dreams. The outcome was I was frustrated at the end and now when I have the job of my own interest I am very satisfied despite the fact that I am being paid a little less. I am doing my present job as a waitress in a cruise ship with my heart and I really perform well. This job of mine never bores me.
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15 responses
@GreenMoo (11842)
9 Feb 11
I strive for neither. I have enough interests without having to have a career to fulfil me, and money doesn't buy happiness or peace of mind. Your job sounds interesting.
@GreenMoo (11842)
9 Feb 11
Given the option, I think I would prefer to work for the money, but only short term to allow me to return to the things I enjoy afterwards. Long term though, it's hard to stick at a job without enjoying it so the money becomes less important.
• India
10 Feb 11
Yes there is so many interesting things to do and I do feel that one life is very short for it. But we are not born alone. We have families to look after. so our interests seems to be less important in front of our priorities. But nevertheless we can only continue working for long in the fields we are interested in.
• India
10 Feb 11
Thanks for liking my job because not many people appreciate it but I feel pride in my job as I love serving people.
• India
9 Feb 11
I wanted to study computer science but my father wanted me to study Electrical Engineering. I wanted to learn Spanish Guitar and my father wanted me to learn classical guitar. I wanted to go abroad for studying and my father wanted me to stay here and find a job. I know it's not my time yet. Half of my life has already passed. Now I am looking for a job that is completely irrelevant from what I have studied. Why am I doing this? Because now my family needs my support. I quit chasing my dream. It's not that I feel sorry about it, but I think it's the best decision to take at this juncture. Once I get a job, I will start to live my life in my own way, free.
• India
9 Feb 11
Yes it is indeed a best decision at this juncture because family priority comes first. now its useless to think what happened in the past. We should always focus on the present. So once you support your family, you can easily realize your dreams
@zendie (10)
• Philippines
10 Feb 11
I don't exactly believe in it.We know ourselves better than any people around us. Even our parents. We have the same situation. When I was younger I like to become an engineer but my parents didnt allow me as they told me there is a gender discrimination in fields of engineering. I found a work not totally related to my studies and discovered that I am really enjoying making quotations for a construction of a project, computing a materials for a construction project which make me realize maybe I won't only be making as easy job as this when I pursue my dreams of becoming an engineer. Now my salary is indeed lower than those of the engineers which I think I could best excel if I chose to fight for my dreams instead of just following my parents. I still go for my dreams because I believe we human are not selfish. My dreams is also for my family. It's just that it is easier to work and earn money if you love what you are doing.
• India
10 Feb 11
It is easier to earn money with a job of your choice, but we have to find our own way to do it. Sometimes the family situation needs money, so we have to fulfill those need first.
@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
9 Feb 11
I think if I was to work, I definitely strive for money more than anything. I am not a big career person, I only wanted to look for a job that paid me good and gave me benefits, that was it, didn't really care if I could be something something else. And now I am a homemaker so I don't need to worry about it.
• India
10 Feb 11
I respect your opinion. And now that you are a housewife you need not worry about the source of finances. But for me dear, I can only work where my heart is happy
@zendie (10)
• Philippines
10 Feb 11
Same here. It would really be tiring working just to wait for the payday. Besides and as many businessmen may advise let your money works for you and not you work for it.
@NicoZieg (591)
• Denmark
9 Feb 11
I'm not a grown-up yet, so my job at the moment as dishwasher is mostly for the money, but I like to work there, because of the good people, who works there. about the question, then I have often think about, that I would do it for the money, but I don't think it's the way to think. If you want to earn much money of what you're doing, then you need a passion for it.
• India
10 Feb 11
Thats true dear, you can only earn money when you put your heart and soul into something you are doing. And you can put your heart only into the work which you are passionate about.
@amirev777 (2552)
• India
9 Feb 11
Hi Actually when i started my career, building up my career was my priority and i didnt care much for the money then. But now after almost 11 years since i started with my career, I think now the money is the priority since i have already established myself now. So priorities keep changing.
• India
10 Feb 11
Thats true. Life is another name of changes. And now that you have already established your career of you choice, you can easily choose to earn money.
• India
9 Feb 11
Hi dear, From my point of view, life is balance. Life never runs on only one principle. For me both as of equal importance. It depends upon the particular time and situation. You give importance and priority as per that. I would prefer to earn less if my family and my life style doesn't get impacted. So, I can give importance and time to build my career and do thing, which I really love to do.
• India
10 Feb 11
Yes thats true. Life is other name of changes. The people who are able to balance out between priorities and interests are the one who can support their family as well and realize their dreams too.
• Philippines
9 Feb 11
Hello sunehant, Teachers always told us to study harder and make good to all our subjects in class so that in the end we could have a good career and have a very nice income. . Am happy and contented with my present job and salary though it is not related to my graduated profession. But things had change, my views had change. Nothing is constant and its not all about career and money when you grow older in number hehe and not by looks hopefully. I have been through striving for career and money and its all the same when your heart is not happy. Now i am at the stage of life begins at 40. It is where physical fitness fights against the gradual occurrence of old age. Life is so short and for me it is more meaningful if i leave something that i can call it a legacy of my existence on earth.
• India
10 Feb 11
Yes, I agree with you. Life is very very short. Nothing seems to be appealing when your heart is not happy. So in my opinion we should always choose a career as per our interest to be mentally and emotionally satisfied.
• Romania
9 Feb 11
Hello Sunehant, In parallel with my studies i tried a lot of activities in hope of making money, but none were my dream job. I knew in general what i wanted to do but i always considered my favorite professional activity more of a job for pleasure than for money, so i tried to find something to do beside that to earn the income i wanted. Right now i'm doing what i like, but still i don't consider it a real source of revenue. To clarify, i'm a doctor of holistic medicine, but my goal with my job is to help as many people as i can with minimum costs for them, so i don't have the hours of the day to see as many patients as to make a substantial income. But, as you said, i'm glad i'm doing what i like, and people can benefit from it, and along with that i'm making money from other sources too, even if not as rewarding emotionally as medicine.
• India
10 Feb 11
Thats nice to know dear. How many of us think of helping others with what we have. Such kind of people are countable and you are one of them. But one thing is for sure, you must be very satisfied in terms of your job.
@hlgmdt (301)
• Philippines
9 Feb 11
The ideal is to have both the job that you want while earning a satisfying job. I've asked myself this question a lot of times, but I always strive for career over money. I was once offered a job in a good company with good salary, however the job was not the one I really wanted. As a result, I turned down the job and settled for the other job which I really like doing, and I must say that I never regretted my decision.
• India
10 Feb 11
Yes when you do the job which interests you the most, you never feel boredom and you enjoy doing it irrespective of what you are paid. And even you are highly paid, if you don't like doing it, its not worth working.
• Israel
10 Feb 11
I would rather make a little less money but to get up with a smile to a work day and to enrich my knowledge then to focus only on the money. in the end, money comes and money goes, but the life experience is the most important thing and with a job that you like and interest you your life experience would be much greater.
@staria (2782)
• Philippines
10 Feb 11
One must strive to have a career, a long-time career. Cause if you are just there for the money, sooner or later you'll get burned out of your job. And it will not help you in the long run.
@Monkeyrose (2850)
• Canada
10 Feb 11
I think that sounds like a great story. I think the only reason that anyone should sacrifice happiness for money is to save for a goal or if you need the money for your kids. If you aren't happy you should always look for a way to change things for the positive. It sounds like you did that. It must be a very exciting job working on a cruise ship! Do you get to travel and see new places? What places do you get to see? I have been traveling around and working since August of last year. I was in the first place 2 months and then got a better offer. When I got this new position It wasn't what I expected. I knew within the first week that it wasn't for me so I started looking for a new job. I found a job up north in the Yukon. The Yukon is right next to Alaska. I've been here for just over a month. Its okay here. Very boring. There isn't much to do but the job is easy and I can save money. I have some online schooling to work on while I'm here. Plus I'm only here until June Max.
@raj7shot (842)
• India
9 Feb 11
Never i will change my career for money.I will like to choose the role and responsibilities and how can i get my knowledge improve from the current industry.
• Oman
9 Feb 11
There goes a famous line which says "Where your wealth is there your heart will also be." This means that regardless of the reward whether monetary or otherwise, if your interest or passion is to accomplishing something with contentment and satisfaction then nothing is to be worried. For sure, many are earning a big sum of money but they are not contented and never find self-fulfillment. Like for instance, I used to be an ordinary classroom teacher for 5 years. I was enjoying my job until an opportunity came for me to be an educational manager or a school principal, so to speak. I accepted the offer without any hesitation but what I assured myself was to give it a try. There's no harm in trying anyway. I was able to meet deadlines and conform to the requests of the top management members but later I didn't find my self into it so I resigned from the position as educational manager or a school principal after serving for less than 2 years and returned to teaching since I consider teaching as my "cup of tea." Being paid as an educational manager or a school principal is a lot higher than an ordinary classroom teacher who teaches reading, writing, and arithmetic but it satisfies me and I always find self-fulfillment at the end of the day. Therefore, I strive for a career not just simply to earn money but to consider teaching as my career or profession as a MISSION with PASSION since I love edifying the minds and kindling the lives of the young minds...
@louievill (18367)
• Philippines
9 Feb 11
I think doing a job you really like or enjoy doing is the best choice since if you like your job, the tendency for you is to master it and it won't be long before you get promoted, teach new recruits and later on be the manager or own a similar company. On the other hand, doing a job just for money would be good for a short time only, doing what you do not want would cause you to give a lack luster performance and it would just be a matter of time till they find out and replace you with somebody more enthusiastic. Doing something just for money could become the most frustrating decision you would ever make, not unless money is also a genuine passion and motivation that would make any work just fine as long as you make money, good luck on your career