I am not one of those guys who just loves to work. I know people like that, people who are happiest when they are doing something. Not me. If I had my way, I’d choose a life free from responsibility – a life of complete, decadent and endless leisure. I was so committed, albeit unconsciously, to this pursuit that I would often work harder at avoiding work than it would have taken to just do it. But even if the option were before me (and it’s not), a life of leisure would not be a successful one. It is a dubious luxury. It is one of life’s little paradoxes and one that it took quite some time for me to understand.
There is no such thing as something for nothing, and I don’t care who you are. Those who have unearned wealth sufficient to provide that "idyllic" life I just portrayed cannot feel any satisfaction from being nothing more than a consumer. I know many claim to be perfectly content with nothing more to do than spend money, but they are either lying or do not know the kind of satisfaction that working towards and achieving a goal can bring. As much as I am still not motivated to put forth any effort, I am extremely motivated by the rewards that come from the effort.
Wealth does not necessarily come in the form of money, although earned income is certainly one way of measuring success. But there are so many things that cannot be bought at any price. From the setting of and completing goals comes an inner satisfaction that is derived from knowing the effort came from me… nobody sells that. And with it comes a new set of goals and new challenges that could not be considered before prior goals have been attained. Completing my BA was the most recent, but even as I work toward my Master’s and beyond, indicators of forward progress abound.
It was a grueling week at school. A ton of work was required prior to class tonight and combined with my responsibility to my own students, I was under stress similar to what the end of a semester brings. Every time I contemplated the mountain of work I had in front of me, I wanted to turn the other way. I am not one of those guys who loves to work. But I am one of those guys who loves the feeling of coming out the other side and tonight I am feeling exactly that. The week has come to an end - what needed to be done got done.
And I did it.