Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Money versus Passion

'There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.'

- Shakespeare in 'Julius Caesar'

Often in life we are faced with a choice. On the one hand is the promise of great financial reward. On the other is uncertainty financially but intellectual bounty.

It is really difficult to choose between the two.

Money is a very important thing in life. It allows you the freedom to do things you like. It allows you comforts that can otherwise be treated as luxuries. It gives you a good life. I am at a stage in life where I do not need to worry about existence. I am pretty sure I will be able to earn enough, whatever I do, to be able to live a basic life. What I'm referring to here is to be able to afford luxuries. For example, to have the option of taking good vacations, to be able to build or buy a house with a swimming pool, to be able to settle down in Switzerland etc.

On the other hand, life can be difficult to go through doing something that is not intellectually stimulating. You can carry on for some time but after a while, it can become a drag. Our work is what we do for the most part of our waking day. It has to be interesting. Whatever the amount of money your job gives you, it will become a real pain after some time if it is not what you like doing.

There are dozens of examples these days of people having left lucrative careers to do something they like even if it is not even fractionally as rewarding in terms of money.

Many of us need to make such a decision sometime in our lives. And the consequences of that decision stay with us for the rest of our lives.

2 comments:

PDS said...

U wrote down my thoughts man. As you know I am exactly in that position. I am at the cross roads and have to decide whether I need to leave my present job for a more fulfilling life with my family, spending more time with my kids.

However this might be a bad financial decision. There is an uncertain future. While I just might earn a lot more than I presently do, it could go the other way as well.

There are times when I make up my mind to quit and there are other times where I start asking the question if it would result in tremendous uncertainty going forward.

I dont think I can go thru with all this travelling though and if there is no sign of changing I am surely going to quit and will probably slow down and live a much simpler life. It would be alright I guess. Atleast I get to see my kids grow up in front of me, which is the most amazing feeling I think for any father.

PDS said...

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