Do you need to love your career to be happy in life?

Do you need to love your career to be happy in life?

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  • I need to love what I do to be fulfilled.

    539 47.83%
  • I need to like it, but I work to pay bills and do cool stuff.

    433 38.42%
  • In the end, I work for money, alone.

    46 4.08%
  • Who cares? Life is meaningless and we're all gonna die...

    109 9.67%
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    Do you need to love your career to be happy in life?

    Had an interesting discussion today about this. Someone was talking how they couldn't be happy doing a job they didn't love. The guy was ISFP and I told him that I, personally, don't need to love my job. In the end, money is the most important thing to me. I can do what I love doing on my own time. So, what about you all?
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    I think it depends partially on how much I need the money but I would have to enjoy some aspect of my work in order to stick with it. Ideally, I would want to feel fulfilled and that is my long-term goal, so if I had enough money saved, I would quit and look for something that makes me happy to do (like art). If I was low on money, then I wouldn't leave a well-paying job unless it was particularly intolerable. Like you said, we can use the money to buy stuff we enjoy.

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    I don't think the "perfect" job exists (for some people, it does) for everyone.

    With THAT being said, I've decided not too long ago that I need to make a handsome paycheck, but I refuse to live for the number ON my paycheck.

    What I mean by that is I can live with making $90k per year. That's more than enough for me. What's most important to me is that I'm making enough money to travel the world, not worry about feeding my (potential) family, and that I can get to see my kids everyday (when I have them).

    I know too many people that think "I make $90K. Let me look good for my boss so I can turn this into $120K a year. (3 years later) Sweet! I make $120K, I NEED MORE."

    Pointless. Honestly, you can make $60K a year and have a side business and still be worth a couple of million when you retire.

    Happiness, to me, is the ultimate goal. It feels like work takes the majority of life (even if, by quantity of hours, it isn't necessarily true, we only have about 6 or 7 "awake" hours per day, 8 or 9 working hours), and I would like the vast majority of my life to be enjoyable.
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    I don't need to feel some undying passion for what I do. The work shouldn't be mindless, though. We spend a majority of our waking lives working, so I can't just to any ole thing to pay the bills. I have to be interested in what I do, invested in it and able to continuously learn for and from my work.

    I had a very lucrative job once that didn't interest me one bit. When I noticed that I didn't want to get out of bed or even learn more about the industry I was working for, I knew it was time to find something else to do. Ended up downgrading hard, but I really care about what I do and take pride in my output.

    More money is always a plus for me, but there's a line drawn between working to live and living to work a fulfilling job.

  6. #5

    I fall somewhere in the middle in the big or longer range picture.

    Short range I am often able to take pay cuts and have demoted myself to broaden longer range opportunities by collecting experience. So I am often willing to take a pay cut if adding an experience to my resume helps with the long range.

    If on a 1-10 scale I would say I fall 5. I guess I prefer the idea of comfort and low stress in big long haul.

    For example I could make a lot more even now to go work in a factory or be a janitor. There also is not much else to go up with that either.

    Essentially I am building my resume so I can work in hospitality, recreation, and health care management. So maybe my friends give me shit now for working low wage for some positions but I will be getting the last laugh when they are still doing boring shit (that is secure and pays well) when I am off not committed to shit like a mortgage, credit cards, and 401K and I am an activity director on a cruise or at a resort etc where a lot is inclusive etc.

    Point long range I know I will actually have nice wage because my money will be freed up and I am not married to debt or a dying every day living pushing a mop. I will also actually like what I do. And do overall now.

    Sometimes I guess what I am saying is pay cut can go to building a portfolio. Yes I prefer to like what I do long range. My sacrifices now living modest, will mean that I will live nicely both economically and work wise in health.

    Freedom is wealth to me. I prefer financial comfort tho
    Last edited by Sensational; 07-20-2017 at 08:44 PM.
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  7. #6

    In the end, I work for money and I work for it alone.

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    I don't need to love my career to be happy in life. To be honest, pretty much all jobs sound pretty lame to me, I don't really want to work at all but I will for the money. I voted for the "who cares" option, though.
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    To me, part of what makes one's passion so appealing to pursue is the opportunity to play by your own rules, with no formalities, boss hovering over your head, fuckdumb corporate "ideals", annoying coworkers, etc, what have you . Without all this, you are left facing your passion in the truest sense, with no layer of draining bullshit.
    So to me, work isn't even supposed to be rewarding. It's only supposed to be lucrative and challenging, and my private time is when I indulge in love to whatever I choose to do.
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  10. #9

    I haven't worked yet, but this is definitely something I've been thinking about lately around picking my major. My main reason for question the major I'm getting into now (architecture) is that I'm not sure I love it enough. I'm pretty sure I'm someone who would rather forego the benefits of a normal or corporate-like job for a more fulfilling career, if that's what it took. I'd rather be an author who loves writing and is fulfilled by it but struggles financially than a corporate world worker who's well off enough but is left feeling empty from her job, should it ever come to something like that, lol.
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    I could never really grind myself through a job just to have money. Seems like it would leave a whole 1/3 of your life feeling inadequate. I don't mind working when it's genuine work for other people. That's why I'm studying radiology. :D
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