One of the things that causes tension in our careers is this whole (and very popular) work/life balance concept.
What it does is make us believe that we need to somehow strive for this weighted balance between our jobs and the rest of our lives. The notion pits your free time against the thing that funds whatever you want to do with it…does that make a lot of sense?!?
The reality is this — if you want a really satisfying career, then you are much better off considering your life as a whole as opposed to having your work & play in separate camps (which only creates tension in your mind).
In order to do that, you need to have a sense of play at work & an element of work in play because if you really want to be happy…then you kind of need both! We spend too much time at work to not have fun, & we need to do things like lift weights during our ‘play’ time in order to stay fit!
The first thing you need to do in order to take a more holistic approach is defining what success looks & feels like for you. That will give you a good indicator as to how much time & focus you spend on each element of your life.
There’s plenty of abundance in the world for you to not have to ‘settle’ for a job that you don’t like. You’ll never find a career that will make you happy 24/7, but you can (and should) find a career path that gives you enjoyment.
So once you have some income coming through to keep the wolves from the door, scratch your itch with whatever interests that you have that you can potentially make a career out of.
Meet Our Contributor — Andy Reid is an award-winning auctioneer and also Founder of Sold By Group, a full service auctioneering company servicing more than 130 real estate agencies throughout Victoria.