I totally believe in the title that money is the root of all evils. I know money can be used in a good way like charity and donation. However, when it comes to your career, one key advice I usually give is not to make it a priority when comes to choosing which path to take.
I have encountered too many a times that someone picks salary over passion, money over morality and profits over family. As much as a job is to bring bread on the table and providing a decent living for yourself and perhaps, your loved ones, I do understand and acknowledge that a stable income is as important as loving what you do for a living. I’m talking about the fine, thin line of selling yourself short or your soul in exchange for a higher price.
I have friends, good friends who will not hesitate to sleep with their clients if it means they can broker a deal. I have known great characters who will undermine and backstab another peer just to climb a notch higher up the corporate ladder. I do work alongside with passionate people who do amazing work and produce fantastic results but totally neglect their families.
You must think that they must not be a good person if they are willing to betray themselves or throw someone under the bus for money or choose to be at work instead of attending their kid’s graduation. And how can I be friends with them? The weird thing is that humans have multiple facets to them. These folks can be lovely, genuine, sincere and even care a lot about me. Our friendship has nothing to do with the fact on how they behave in their workplace or personal space.
Do I agree the cut throat methods they deploy? No.
Will I be influenced by the way they make their decisions? No.
Do I condemn their actions? No.
I am, after all, an adult who is comfortable and confident enough to say, “Hey, you do what you have to do. I’m not in your situation. You are not answerable to me, and I don’t judge.”
Hey, we live in too many shades of grey, and that is the reality of life. I live by my rules and set by my morals in which I don’t subject others to live by. If they seek advice, I would gently influence them and inspire them to choose what they think is right for them. I can’t dictate what is right for them, the answer will have to come from within themselves. Only answers from the heart and soul will be a meaningful and solid one that they will not have any regrets.
We all have to make tough choices in life. Tough choices present in your personal life and your career life. Sometimes you made a wrong turn and others; you did good. Nobody is perfect, and nobody is a saint, we just try our best and take away from all these is to look back at your life and never have regrets on the decisions you made.
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