My Job is My Life, Really?

I just returned from holidays spent in South Italy on the island of Sicily. This beautiful region benefits from a unique heritage like the impressive Doric temple of Segesta, located on the Western part of the island. This temple is made of solid pillars that have been supporting the upper part of the monument for centuries.

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This temple reminded me an image that I often use with the people whom I counsel, regarding the pillars on which our life is based. These pillars are typically five: Business & career; Finances & wealth; Health & sport; Social life & family; Entertainment & free time.

For each of this pillar you may have your experiences, your knowledge, your joys, and your sorrows. You certainly also have defined some personal objectives for each of these pillars. Objectives that are normally in line with your Vision and that justify the fact that you get up out of bed every morning. The following pic summarizes this concept:

Someone having a balance in life would ideally have all her pillars at the same height. In fact, I could observe that higher are your pillars in specific fields, the harder it is to get a good balance over all the five pillars. Indeed, for example, a stressful but lucrative job may enable you to get high pillars “Career” and “Wealth”. However, this job may certainly be time-consuming and then may lower your pillars “Free Time” and “Health”. The following picture shows us the result:

And here, warning! Building up your life on only one or two pillars, particularly pillar “Career”, is very dangerous. It is clearly suicide. Indeed if the main pillar on which everything is based on falls down in turn, it is all the foundation that falls at the same time. And this is the key message of this post:

Tip: do not base your life upon your job only. Take care of your five pillars.

Sometimes we tend to compromise our health, or to postpone phone calls that we foresaw to give to friends, in benefit of our work. This often happens when you have to finalize the super project Joe at the end of month, or to review the contract Thingumajig before the given deadline. We all do that sometimes. But doing it too often on long term may be harmful to your balance.

Having the five pillars at the same height allows being able to rely on the strongest when the weakest are not at their best. It means for example to be able to count on the support of your close ones when you face serious difficulties at work.

Final thought: to have high pillars does not necessarily mean to be happy in your life. You can be rich, can have an important job, can be in good shape, etc. But not be happy for all that. In the contrary, you can be not so rich, can have not so many friends, etc. And be happy. What matters to be happy is to build your pillars in such a way that they are in line with yourself, your objectives, and that they support your vision.

To your success.


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