I was talking to my son few days ago and one of our topics is about career building and prioritizing. We had exchange of ideas and views and he was asking for some tips and advices on how do I prioritize things, how do I lay down my goals in life, my philosophies in life and a helluva of things. My son thinks maturely and at his age, I would say that he acts and thinks intelligently. I told him not to take things too seriously as he is still very young. I told him that as we grow older, we encounter different things in life. Many factors affect our beliefs, our thinking, our plans, our goals and even our way of life. I told him to accept things as they are and try to welcome changes as he travels through the journey of life for nothing in this world is permanent. As we age, our priorities in life changes, too. I think this process is normal and all of us will be undergoing the same thing too at one point in our lives. These realizations made me consider the following lessons to unlearn this 2014:
- True happiness solely depends on the amount of money that you have in your pocket. It’s not always the case. True happiness can also be found in simple things like sipping a cup of your favorite coffee or tea, eating your favorite cake or “kakanin”, watching your favorite TV programs, movie marathon with your family or simply playing with your pet and attending to your garden while you watch your plants and flowers bloom into perfection.
- Having an ample amount of friends is always the best. The quantity of friends that you have does not define how friendly or popular you are. Remember, some friendships can be acquired even without a genuine intention. Friends may come and go and those who stay will be your friends forever.
- You’re on top of your career when you are occupying a prominent position in a prestigious company. I’ve been through a lot when it comes to my profession. I’ve earned quite well working for so many years, finding ways and means to stay on the top. But I’ve come to realize that being successful doesn’t mean that you should always be on top. We always have to go back to the basics. Why do we want to have a good paying job? To earn a lot of money and buy all the things that could give us comfort and assure us of a bright future. But do you really have to be on top to earn enough?
- Good foods are always expensive! Nope. I’ve learned that if you cook well and you’re reading enough, you will discover that there are lots of good and delicious foods that’s very cheap and affordable, and nutritious too. J
- Even a simple business requires a big capital. I’ve learned that you don’t have to have a large amount of money to start a profitable business. Discipline, determination, talent and creativity plus a small amount of money to start with is all what it takes to build a simple business that you will truly enjoy!
I hope that with these lessons unlearned, it would be a lot easier for me to stay happy, successful and contented.