Money the Root of All Evils

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Do you agree with me on the above? Or you have deeper insights to the topic? Share with us in the comments below.

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17 comments

  1. How timely! I just found out two of my closest office friends decide to leave our company to join another one. Upon hearing about what they will be exchanging it for, I was shocked they even considered it. The only upside I see from their move is their salary. I’m not one to judge, that’s why I support them. However, I do wonder how long money can bring them happiness.

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    • Eeks!! Some folks are easily satisfied with just money but passionate ones are those who crave for more. I do hope all goes well for your two friends whatever path they have chosen.

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  2. I agree with both of your points, that money should not be the main priority when deciding on your career or job; as well as that people have multiple facets and cannot easily be judged just from one aspect. Still, it seems like a shame when people neglect their families or ignore morals and ethics just for work.

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  3. I was thinking of that sentence, “Money is the root of all evil,” this morning. I’ve also heard it said that “The love of money is the root of all evil,” which makes more sense. My take is not that the money itself is evil but prioritizing it over everything else is. The things other people do to achieve their ends are not for me to judge, until I’m the one hurt by their cheating. Then it becomes my problem by default and I become a victim and a sap if I don’t call them on it in one way or another. How else will they learn boundaries?

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        • Well expressed. I do have to point out that it might not be someone young but their core personality is just this way, whether it is motivated by greed or shaped by different experiences. I do agree with you that we could stay out of their way as much as possible in order not to be embroiled.

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  4. Lovely post Kally. But on another note I agree with Katharineotto, “the love of money is the root of all evil.” I now find myself with an opportunity to take a position that is offering more money but seriously considering keeping the position I now have because do enjoy my work and have bonded with my colleagues. If money were the issue, I’d be gone at the drop of a hat. Yes, I can use the additional income, but I value my time with my family and my sanity more as the new post will me longer hours and possibly working weekends. Money is not bad or unimportant, we need ti to live. However, to toss caution to wind and do anything to get it, is bad.

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  5. Well, I agree with the comment that The “LOVE” of money is the root of all evil…meaning “the greed & lust” for it is what really drives many people to do what they do, even if it means compromising morals & ethics.

    So, MONEY itself is not the problem…it’s how some people VIEW it …is what leads to the problem!

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