By David Olago, Cohort 7 student
Life has a lot to offer; there’s so much to look forward to. It’s important, however, to balance successes with enjoyment.
The life well-lived is attained when these two characteristics meet, when you enjoy your successes and thrive off of what you do. If you’re able to find what you’re made to do, something that brings you joy and a living, you have achieved a rare feat indeed. So many people today are successful but do not enjoy their lives; there are an equally large amount of individuals who enjoy their lives but are not successful.
After reading the tips in this article, you will have a better capacity to attain success while loving being alive.
Tip #1: Don’t Hoard Your Money
When you start making money, you may be inclined to save almost all of it and hardly spend a dime. It is important, though, to use your money both on yourself and on others to enjoy a life that’s both satisfying and meaningful. Don’t be afraid to be spontaneous with your money or too worried to occasionally spend it on yourself.
There is so much happiness to be found in the world; using your money on yourself at times can help make your life easier, more memorable, and even more productive. It is also vital to use what you have on others, as well. Generosity goes a long way. Extending a financial hand to those in need is one way to bring fulfillment to your time here on earth; it can be a first step to a relationship with someone that others have written off.
Occasionally using your money on yourself and other people will help you live a successful life that’s more valuable than how much you have in your bank account.
Tip #2: Designate Days Off
It is easy to become ambitious, striving to climb up the ladder of status and success in any way possible. It is perhaps even more tempting to work all the time when you are your own boss with access to your work wherever you are.
To balance this tendency, designating days off at least once a week will allow you times of rest, relaxation, and recharge. Whether you’d like to go out for a fun event or stay home and recuperate, taking days off for yourself will help you better enjoy your life and be more productive on your working days.
Tip #3: Make What You Love Profitable
Start with what you love to do, and then find a way to make it profitable.
Using your creativity, work ethic, and passion, you can strategize a way to make what you love make money. What better way to live than discovering how to make a living that you enjoy? It is also important to find areas of enjoyment that make life worth living even when days are hard and you question the job you love. If you press on, find what you love doing, and discover how to make it make money, you will enjoy a balanced life lived by few.
Tip #4: Dream Big and Persevere
To have a successful life, you must have dreams, goals, and aims to strive for. These goals should be both short term and long term.
What do you want to accomplish this week? Where do you want to be in five years?
If you work hard now, you can enjoy life even more later on. Sure, find things in life to enjoy now, but also dream of what you can do later on with the money you earn today.
Sometimes it won’t always be easy. There will be days you wonder where your passion went, weeks you’ll question whether your job is worth it. Failure will be a reality at times, but it can also be one of the best teachers. Learn from your own mistakes, but more importantly, learn from the ones of others. If you take to heart the lessons others have learned through failure, you can determine to not make those same mistakes.
So dream big, persevere, and have a good attitude through the highs and lows of whatever life throws your way.
Tip #5: Work on Side Projects
Working on side projects outside of what’s required at work is another way to bring productivity and fulfillment into your life. Whether it’s wood working or working towards starting your own business, having something to pursue outside of your required job is one approach to living a balanced life. Having a hobby such as golfing or fishing is also a good tactic for balanced living. Setting realistic, attainable goals and being able to juggle side projects outside of everyday work can bring an increased sense of productivity and meaning into your life.
Tip #6: Don’t Lose Sight of What’s Important
Throughout all of this, keep your priorities straight and remember the people who matter most. Having a lot of money is not a bad goal to strive for, but it should not be the utmost aim of your life. Use the money you’ve gained from doing what you love towards the people and things that are most important to you. Care for your family, show generosity towards your friends, and extend a kind hand to those in need.
In addition to using your finances for people who matter, don’t neglect to spend time with them. It may be easy to spend more time at work than necessary, convincing yourself that you are merely caring for your family by making extra money. Don’t forget that your family needs your presence, too, not just your money. Remember the friends who helped you along the way, the ones who believed in you, supported you, and cheered you on through each moment. Working hard is important, and doing what you love while making money is a wonderful aim indeed.
Keep all things in moderation, however; work smart, live well, and love much, for these are the steps to having a successful, enjoyable life.