If people were paid equivalent to the amount of stress they intake from work then we would have a lot more wealthy people. Sadly, this is not the case. History has told us time and time again that the most stressful jobs are not paid more. So how does one remedy stress?
It’s important to understand stress. Any doctor will tell you that a healthy degree of stress keeps people sharp, attentive and focused. Too much of it can cause the body to shut down like an overworked car.
Aristotle believed that it’s important to always find a middle ground. Balancing duty and pleasure can enable a clear head at work and more concise aspirations in ones daily hobbies.
For this individual blogger, I write (as you can plainly read). Others paint, some exercise and other people collect. A hobby is what you love. So do what you love.
“It’s very true that doing what you love will result in a happier, productive day. I’ve never considered my job as work, but as a fulfillment of my passion and artistic skill,” said George L. San Jose, president and chief creative officer of The San Jose Group.
Though much of western civilization has been based off Aristotelian thought, we are no longer a western civilization. We are becoming a global civilization. With each new civilization comes new characteristics and attributes. In a capitalistic democratic society like ours we are driven by competition and freedom.
Capitalism is fueled by competition so we as Americans are constantly working to be better. Yet, as Americans we have the freedom to choose where we work. We are not like the Aztecs, the Egyptians and countless other people subjected to forced labor.
So with this new civilization should come a new way of thinking. Since work is inevitable (much like death and taxes), then it’s important to love what you do. If you’re not happy with something, change it or even better, alter it. Finding new things to love about your jobs are a lot like picking up new hobbies. It takes time and effort, but the first step to making something true is believing in it. Once you understand that, stress seems a little less intimidating.