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    J.F. Patterson

    April 4, 2014 at 5:11 am

    Hello Grant, When you are younger, life circumstances often present pressures to be more driven to goals necessary to sustain life – financially and socially. In particular, if you come from a family who lived in poverty, earning enough to put a roof over your head, food on the table with a job that pays a living wage can be paramount. Continual rises in the cost of living are difficult to keep up with. Most people do not live a luxurious lifestyle.
    Transportation and energy costs widely impact the cost of food and consumer goods. The cost of education has out distanced family financial means and does not guarantee a job in today’s world.
    Later in life, quality of life and autonomy tend to surface as more important values.
    My early life career, nursing in critical care units and dialysis centers brought me a good perspective on what is important in life. When you see people in crisis, deal with death and disability daily, your perspectives and priorities change.
    My family and marriage have remained high priorities. I have chosen to place relationships first, over higher position attainment. The personal sacrifice many make to achieve prestigious titles and high pay often require a loss of personal relationships.
    Today’s workplaces often do not reward hard work and loyalty. The pace of change in technology and work skills often means you are only as good as the markets current in demand skill set.

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    Natasha Adderley

    April 15, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Patterson’s comments are true. But the greater challenge is when one chooses the road best suited to the path – whether for family (as Patterson) or self (as Grant) only to find that both can and often do has very disappointing effects; I.e. Family has no regard and self is often defeated.
    What then? Unless the choice comes from a higher place – even above self-gratification, I.e. Not for money nor for “peace of mind”, and above the needs of others , which may seem noble but often causes one to Lose oneself, there cannot be true Leadership nor gratification.
    Only true life’s purpose will allow.uch pain, some suffering perhaps, some goodness and peace along the way , but true gratification in “self” and toward those whom you will lead by example of commitment to purpose.

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    J.F. Patterson

    April 15, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Good points Natasha. Transitions occur at different points in life. Some things are beyond our control. Continual learning and growth continue along life’s path – all the twists and turns.

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