Posted by Amanda Kelly on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 3:23 PM PDT
As we graduate and transition into new jobs and new careers, it’s always important to remember why we're doing what we're doing. Sure, you want to work hard and develop your career, but at the end of the day you need to strike a good balance to maintain your personal health and sanity. A coworker recently asked me if I was living to work or working to live…I instinctively responded with the latter, but had to really reflect on this later to realize that this wasn't necessarily accurate although I'm making a conscience effort to move more that way. Of course as adults, we all have our obligations, whether financial, familial, etc, but what we need to remember is our obligation to ourselves as well. Your other obligations can easily be affected negatively if you always ignore your obligation to yourself. Whether this means your happiness flourishes through exploring a new hobby/activity, spending more time with family, reconnecting with old friends or meeting new ones, it's important to find your reasons for working so hard everyday.
Understandably, not everyone will come out of school with their dream jobs in hand. The key to your destiny is in your own attitude. It's ok to keep your eyes on the prize, but make the most out of what you have and take the time to enjoy yourself while you're on your journey towards that dream job. I noticed that in my own life, my priorities have changed significantly since graduating from school. I used to be one of the ones "living to work" and striving for that elusive "success", but am happy to report that I am now much closer to the "working to live" state. Am I perfect? Absolutely not, but I've learned that when you become so focused on one specific goal, you miss out on all the opportunities along the way. Ease your foot off the gas pedal and give yourself some time to absorb your surroundings-- you'll never know what you'll find!
Joe Leigh, '09
Alumni Board of Governors