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Your thoughts on "work"?

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Not every ENFP, but a lot of us seem to go through multiple jobs/careers or heck, time off working all-together for extended periods of time. While that's been hinted at on past posts, I wanted a thread just to see where everyone's at on their thoughts of work and how it fits into the life of an ENFP.

and me?

I "work to live" not "live to work" in fact, I brought up that cliche at my most recent job interview (and got hired anyways) and it's the truth. Beyond the fact that I need a good flow of money for the basics of life and to maintain my lifestyle, the work/money combination buys me what I value most: TIME.

There are great people at my jobs, and it's also the thing I chose to do (marketing if you're wondering, just like @viva) creative, and a natural fit. But if I COULD would I stop and do nothing but whatever creative fancy came my way for the rest of my life? You bet your 401K I would.

And so I've made it my life's goal whenever I get promoted or re-negotiate my contract: ask for less money, in exchange for more precious TIME (extra vacation). In that freedom from financial or work worries is where I know I feel most alive.

et tu?
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I feel like I have a very unhealthy relationship with work. I have a hard time balancing work with other priorities like family, friends, fun, etc. Actually, I have a hard time with balance period... heh. I feel like anything I do, I have to dedicate all of my time to it. I find it very difficult to split my focus between several different things because I feel like I should be giving one thing all of my focus or else that one thing isn't getting my everything or experiencing me at my full potential. I almost feel like I'm cheating my work life when my mind is focused on family and friends, and I feel like I'm cheating my family and friends when I'm focused on my work life. I feel like I can't win no matter what I do.

Personally, I'm not pleased with the pattern that I see emerging. I work for a good while and give it everything I've got, and then I need time off... a lot of time off so I can focus on experiencing a different side of life... the side in which I enjoy my time with my family and friends, and cherish those moments for exactly what they are. This flip-flop attitude could be because I don't fully enjoy what I do right now, but I'm not so sure. I feel like I always need change. I can't do the same thing over and over again. I mean, I could, but I'm not happy when I do unless I mentally check out. I don't feel like myself when I mentally check out though... holy fuck. I have literally mumbled two paragraphs worth of this shit. Anyway, the bottom line is that I'm content with concentrating on one thing at a time... until I finally wake up and realize that it's not healthy to focus my attention on that one thing. I then switch my focus, and they focus keeps switching back and forth, but it's not a quick switch. Ugh, I don't even know, lol. I'm just frustrated.
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