i'm just happy to be here
A colleague of mine used to have his Google Talk status say "Hard work always make up for a lack of talent."
Another colleague of mine wrote the blog post quoted below. I think it's very true.
“You know what’s the difference between you and me? You’re so ambitious and driven, and I’m just happy to be here.”
I grew up thinking being successful was the key marker of someone’s “worth” and the surest way to be happy.
But there is a dark side to success. The side where you forsake passion, fun, and family for money, glory, and status.
It’s called “sacrifices” and we’ve all done it. But when is the “sacrifice” for “success” too much? Why do so many of us work in jobs we don’t like, to buy things we don’t need, to impress people we don’t love? Where we trade away actually living our lives so that other people would think that we have “the life”?
Life is not about chasing after promotions and big salaries. Many people are not as “successful” not because of inadequate talent, but because of a lifestyle choice.Well said.
Someday I'd like to see a study done comparing the 10, 20, and 30 year outcomes of the following groups, in terms of career success, earnings, and happiness:
Group A: People who led highly structured lives as kids and teenagers, with parents who pushed them very hard academically, took all AP classes, scored high on SAT, and where education > fun/social.
Group B: People who led largely unstructured lives as kids and teenagers, with plenty of free time, parents who did not push them hard academically, and where fun/social > education.My prediction: Group B "succeeds" equally as well if not more so than Group A. That has been my anecdotal experience interviewing hundreds of recent college graduates applying for positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Google.
"I'm just happy to be here" describes me very well.
Thanks +Ivan Makarov and +Michael Jiang