“I love my job!”
I realized that not everyone can say that, and I am truly grateful that I can. But I don’t want people to think that they are stuck in a job that they don’t enjoy, and I encourage them to realistically and practically design their life to reflect their true potentials and goals.
Some say that I encourage people to quit their jobs today. Oh no, don’t do that! I encourage people to plan their own journey to get them out of the job they don’t enjoy and into the job that they enjoy.
That journey could take a while, but one thing is for sure: You can choose your own path.
I started mine back in 2011, when I was in my 2nd year of university and partly clueless about what to do with my life. I had a feeling what I wanted to do with my life but I didn’t know exactly what it was.
This doesn’t happen overnight
It is quite a long journey to get to where I am now.
The compass I used for my journey is this: I followed my interests. That was the thing that I can control. Of course, my interests don’t always match what my parents want or what society expects of me.
Let me be clear about one thing: I don’t advocate for being a rebel, and going against everyone. I respect people’s opinions. I listen and I consider them. But it doesn’t mean that I automatically agree and follow them.
I filter them based on my principles, purpose, and priorities. Where possible, I communicate, negotiate, and discuss with them so that they may understand where I’m coming from. This is especially true for my parents.
I love my parents. I respect them. But it doesn’t mean that I can’t discuss with them. Many people forget that musyawarah (mature discussion) is sunnah.
I don’t want to live my life based solely on people’s opinions. That is like being at sea and allowing my ship to be directed by the waves. Not a good idea, because the waves may not take you where you want to go.
So I decided to navigate my own ship in the sea of opinions, making sure that whatever that I decided to do would be my final decision based on my principles, purpose, and priorities.
That method of wayfinding led me here, exactly here.
Where I am is where I want to be
I wake up everyday doing a job that I love doing. I end my day feeling tired, but I look forward to tomorrow. I even look forward to Mondays because it’s the start of a new week!
Sure, some argued that my job isn’t financially stable due to its nature of not having a fixed monthly income. Others argued that I should do more considering my educational background.
Right now I am doing my masters degree and I’m sure when I graduate, there will be people who suggest that I apply for X, Y, Z job because it’s more stable and it pays more.
For me, enjoying a job that I am doing everyday, possibly for the rest of my life, is more important than money. When I finish my work for the day, I want to go home to my family feeling happy and satisfied so that I may spread that positive feeling to them as a husband and a father.
Of course, my life isn’t perfect. Don’t let this email fool you. I have my issues and insecurities, just like every other human being on the planet. But when it comes to career, I can safely say that I am happy and satisfied with where I am and where I am going.
What about you?
I want to spread that with you in this week’s post so that you can think about where you are and where you are going in your career. Regardless of your paycheque, are you happy and satisfied?
If you are happy and satisfied with your career, share your story with the world. The world needs positivity to be louder than positivity.
If you are not happy and satisfied with your career (and you don’t look forward to Mondays), do you have a plan on how to get out of that situation?
Share your thoughts below. I’ll listen.