The Ladders

imageDo you want to be the head of the UN? I got asked that this weekend, although it was more of an answer than a question. My friend thought it was obvious I’m going towards that position, or another equivalent one. I’m a career person, seems to be what people around me are thinking. Going somewhere.

Maybe it’s because I’m 34 and single, or because I’m very passionate about my work and more importantly about the motivation for doing it. I hear it often from others, how I’m climbing the career ladder towards the heights.

But am I going somewhere? Am I aiming to become something, someone? I don’t think I have the determination nor will power to achieve something on that level – and I don’t want to, either. I’m career oriented for sure and determined to achieve great things and not afraid to work hard to accomplish what matters to me. But my career passions are just one part of me.

I love to work and don’t have a need to count the hours, but equally I want to spare time for leisure activities and for just being. When I’m off, then I’m really off. I love to sleep in, relax by the pool, read for entertainment, hang out with friends and do lots of sports.

It seems to be trending to be busy. Always achieving something. As if our value was determined by what we achieve, how much we do. The higher one climbs up the career ladder, the tougher it’s set to get. The highly successful people seem to be spending all their time either working or developing themselves – reading educational books, developing business strategies, networking etc. Things that make sense, that help bring them further. Is it required to be 24/7 conscious of sensible things to achieve next, or are certain people more wired towards success?

How hard are you willing to work? How far are you aiming to go?

To me, these are not means to an end. I don’t have a set goal. I know what matters to me and I do best to achieve them. Both in business and in private life. As long as my job gives me satisfaction, serves for a greater purpose and let’s me express myself, I’m giving my very best to it. Equally it needs to allow me have my time off for other things. I’m busy, but only because I have many interesting and exciting things I’m motivated to do.

Can I ever lead the UN? Would the job leave me time to play cards with my friends? Let me sleep until 9 am on weekends and then continue napping by the pool? Do yoga, play netball and then go for a swim? Have a 3 brunch with friends talking about anything but work-related stuff? Chat with my brother and his kids? And all other fun stuff that comes to my mind and that bring me joy? Might be a tough negotiation.

Seriously, does there need to be a fixed goal? Does success in life need to be measured by balance of bank account and job title? I want to make the world a better place but I won’t be saving it. But I’ll do my best, I’ll play m part. I’ll keep climbing up, with one feet on the career ladder, the other on a private life one. Let’s see where life takes me.

 

 

 

 

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Outi Annala

A sustainability-enthusiast with a master's degree in social sciences and experienced working for public and private sectors and for an international Non-profit organization. Writing about life and all that matters in living a life to the fullest. Passionate about engaging the private sector to the development work, promoting partnerships between companies and non-profit organizations and initiating discussion and debates. Excited about life and living it to the fullest.

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