An associate of mine reminded me of the quote, “Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.”
I don’t go around repeating pithy quotes, and I am no fan of Sigmund Freud, but I am intrigued by how this website is a nexus for many who are thinking about work, struggling with some form of love, and can’t seem to find balance and harmony in their lives.
I am not sure what advice ANY career advisor can offer to someone who is truly at a crossroads. Here are some thoughts.
- If you don’t have a job, love hard. I don’t care if that love is directed towards a spouse, a family member, or a cat. Pick something and love it hard and without any second thoughts. Work selflessly on behalf of the person (or animal) you love. Then remember: a job will follow. A job always follows.
- If you have a job, love someone anyway. You will never love your job in sales, finance, or marketing as much as you love a spouse, puppy, or a baby.
- A job can be loosely defined and fill a bigger purpose in life. We need income to survive. It’s important to have a job because work saves us boredom, vice and need (Voltaire). If you can’t find a straightforward way to earn money, do something for free to make the world a better place. Save yourself from boredom and vice, and your personal and economic needs will be met.
I would also like to remind everyone that there’s a place for creamy ice cream, cold beer, and salty potato chips when love & work are the cornerstones of humanity. That’s a fact.