Last week, I wrote about the five things you should think about during the Lenten break.
Among those five things, I was specially curious on what others thought about the last question.
That’s the one where I asked if you would be willing to accept an emotionally demanding and time-consuming job which will pay you a million dollars after five years.
I am thankful to everyone who took the time to share their answers and I’m now writing this post to give you mine.
If you missed that article or you haven’t thought about your own answer to the question yet, then please take a few moments now to consider what you’ll do.
Again, the question is: Would you be willing to take an emotionally demanding job that will require you to work 15 hours everyday for the next five years if you’ll be paid $1,000,000 after?
Taking the question as is, my answer would be YES – I would accept the job.
My primary reason is because that much money could change my life forever. I can already live comfortably, secure my retirement, and acquire assets that I can leave as legacy to the next generation of my family… isn’t all that worth the five years of sacrifice?
That’s my answer as inspired by one of my favorite definitions of entrepreneurship:
Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.
You might be wondering now what was the inspiration to this question, and I must admit that it’s based on personal experience.
When I quit my job to focus on the business I’ve built, it truly felt like that. I was working for almost that many hours every day, I had no time to go out with friends and I’d go to bed exhausted and emotionally-drained.
That life of mine went on for more than two years, until slowly… I realized that my hard work was starting to pay off. And when my net worth finally hit seven-digits, I felt deep inside that all that sacrifice was worth it.
I continued and persevered until I was able to learn how to leverage my time and my money to create more active and passive income – which has eventually taken me to where I am today.
However, I know that the scenario and question I gave did not exactly reflect my experience. And given that we all live under different circumstances and have different priorities in life – it would be unfair to say that declining the job is wrong.
Aanhin mo pa ang pera mo kung sa pagpapa-ospital mo naman yun magagastos?
Those are the exact words of my mother to me several years back, when I was working my a$$ off on running my business… indeed, what use is my money if it will just be used to pay my hospital bills?
But call me stubborn and hard-headed – because I actually ignored her advice to take things slow. It’s just fortunate that within all those years, I never once had to go to the doctor for anything serious.
I guess I had to thank my youth for that.
However, if you were to ask me if I’d be willing to work as hard again as before, I’d say NO – because I know that this time, I’ll really end up in the hospital. I know myself that much to say that I can’t survive the same lifestyle today.
Taking The Lesson
As with all hypothetical questions, there are no right nor wrong answers – only lessons to be learned.
And with this one, it is the importance of knowing and challenging your limits.
It is only you who knows what you can and cannot handle. It is only you who knows what you can and cannot sacrifice in your life in exchange for the things you want.
However, it is also only you who can truly test your limits. It is only you who can push yourself to go beyond your comfort zone.
Remember that being uncomfortable has its rewards.
Do not be afraid to try new things, face your fears, and have something important at stake – because most of the time, that is the only way to grow and achieve your dreams.
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