This is a straightforward question about what I think is of the of ‘top priorities’ you have in your life – your career. Tell me, do you really think you’re serious about your career? Think for a moment before you answer.
So far in your life, career was simply a word that you’d use for ‘job’ just to make it look ‘fancy’. “My career”, “My career growth”, “My career aspirations” and all bullshit – without knowing a thing about what you want from your career or even what a career is. See what Wikipedia, which we take as an authentic source for everything under the Sun, says about ‘Career’: –
Career is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as an individual’s “course or progress through life (or a distinct portion of life)”. It is usually considered to pertain to remunerative work (and sometimes also formal education). The etymology of the term comes from the Latin word carrera, which means race (as in “rat race“, see Careerism).
One thing I’m very sure from the definition is that career isn’t a replacement word for ‘job’. Let me tell you, I’m not going to tell you that you’re in a ‘rat race’ and ‘even if you win, you’re still a rat’ and all that regular stuff. Let me put my point in this way – ‘job’ is a subset of ‘career’. Career is about the things you do and experience during your course or progress through professional life.If you agree with me on this, then tell me are you really serious about your ‘career’ (not ‘job’).
I’m 100% sure you have no clue what ‘being serious’ means here. Because you never thought about it. For you, showing up in the office before you boss and then leaving just after he/she leaves is what your ‘career’ is all about. You never paid attention to what you do between those hours that are actually defining your career second by second. Have you done something to ‘advance’ in your career? Have you done something that will make you proud about yourself and give you the happiness that you’ve chosen the ‘right’ career for yourself? You surely can’t go wrong with the choice that you’ve made about your ‘course or progress through life’, right? Or are you the one who just don’t want to dream because it leads to restlessness. We Indians prefer cool and calm life anyways.
Sadly for most of us, there’s no career. There’s only a ‘job’ that we hate.