Stay for the work not the perks

December 8, 2011 9:36 am 8 comments

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This is a revelation that came to me when I recently quit my comfy corporate job for the second time. If you are below 40 and some one asks you about how is your job going and your answer is not in tune of “I like my job because I love the work”. 

You need to pause and asses your career, last time I answered this question my answer was “I like the job, because the benefits are good”, and that made me think (offcourse there were other factors as well). But if you are doing a job in which to satisfy your own self you have to look at the benefits. Then probably there is some thing wrong.

Remember you can not lie to your self, if you are not satisfied with your job and each morning you have to drag yourself to your work instead of jumping out of your bed and looking for another exciting day at your job you need to change few things. Also if  you find your self at this position, quitting the job is not the only thing, there are strong chances that you would be able to find some thing within the same organization that would spark our passion.

But change things around you if you like the job because it comes with a company provided car, or travel. The problem occurs when after doing such a job for a couple of years you look back and try to identify your achievements, at that later stage when  you look back you don’t see all the benefits you enjoyed, but only a dull stagnant career you have been going through.

So do your self a favor if you are not excited about what you do day in and day out, try to change your surroundings, or when you reach around 40 you will rue the chances you missed and things you could have done. Below 30 you should not even think about the money only about what you will learn and how you will grow. Post 30 and below 40 years of age you should work your butt off for what your passion burns and then hopefully you will enjoy success and will savor every bit of it.

Just some thing I wanted to share.

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  • Nice post and good approximation on the age brackets

  • This is a great article! I’m a professional speaker and I typically tell my audiences that you need to do something you are passionate about. That doesn’t necessarily mean working for someone, that could mean starting your own business.

  • Stay for the work not the perks

    the title says all about post ..
    its great and nice to read .. thanks

  • Good post Qazi bhai. Good luck with your new venture! :)

  • bilal@cheapdesignerbags

    qazi you have practical approach yet some bitter realities unrevealed in your post , thanks for the post straight from the heart

  • I am in the same boat. However, a plane analogy fits best here. If you want a comfortable flight, just sit back in a jet airliner and enjoy the ride. Go to sleep, watch a movie, flirt with a hostess. But if you want some thrill in life, ditch that comfortable ride and fly your own plane. It would surely give you goosebumps and anxiety and then some, but it would be a thrilling ride for sure. Small planes don’t have benefits, they have all the problems associated with them in the world, yet people choose to fly them, and still enjoy the adrenaline.

  • Rightly said, hopefully if more people take the jump we can have more jobs in the market

  • yes this is the point that when you love your work at the same time you love your job but it the work is not your choice of style than job is ruined

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