We all eventually die, but in between we do so much living… much of it at work. In fact, someone born in the United States spends roughly 14% of his / 1. We get this number by multiplying the number of years between working age and retirement (65-18=47) by the average number of worked hours in a year (2,080). We then take that number (97,760) and divide it by the U.S. average life expectancy of 79 multiplied by hours in a year (8,766). So: (47*2080)/(79*8765.81)=14%.her life on the job… that’s 11 years. 1 When one considers that another third of life is spent sleeping a sobering fact comes into focus:
Unless your job is the thing you enjoy doing most in the world (or sleep is your great passion), roughly 50% of your life will be spent sub-optimally. 2
Time is finite (it’s the most valuable thing you have). How much is it worth to 2. I also didn’t factor in commute times, the fact that most Americans work more than 40 hours a week (the average is 46), the fact that the quality of life typically declines in old age, or that one doesn’t remember anything from the first 18 months of one’s life The sub-optimal number is really closer to 60%-65%…you?
If you can put a dollar figure on it, great. You know exactly how much money you need to make to justify doing something that you don’t love. There is nothing wrong with this option. Many people should actually choose it. Living on one’s passion is actually rather difficult, and there is plenty of money to be had out there if you just go for it.
With that said, if you can’t place a dollar figure on that 11 years and you don’t 3. By it I mean life and by wrong I mean what you’re doing with your life.love what you’re doing then you are doing it 3 wrong. It is now time for you to do something else. It doesn’t need to be today (life is full of realities like “bills” and “responsibilities”), but if you don’t love what you’re doing and you aren’t happy with what you’re making you need to take steps towards making a change.
I believe this line of thinking can serve as a powerful motivating force- or perhaps I’m a little insane.
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