Do you know that Singapore has the longest working hours in the world, ahead of South Korea, Taiwan and Japan? In 2014, MOM reported that our average paid hours in a week per employee is 46 hours. If we work 5 days in a week, it would be 9.2 hours. It is about 54% of our waking hours, excluding our commuting time to/fro office. Imagine if we don’t find fulfilment and follow our passion, every day we will be dragging ourselves to work. We need to find our gift, interests and compelling reasons why we choose this trade than other one.
In Jaipur, India, there are two street dentists who do not have fancy fan, assistants, x-ray and other gadgets, and just charge 80 rupees (less than SGD$2) for their dental service. When they fix someone’s teeth and the person feels happy, they will feel happy taking their money. If the client is not happy, then they don’t want the money. That is their principle.
In Hubei, China, a 55-years-old Yu Youzhen who is a cleaner wakes up at 3 a.m. six days a week for more than a decade and sweeps along 3km street for six hours a day. She earns about RMB$230 per month but she loves her job. Her colleagues described her as a very diligent and meticulous cleaner. The astounding part of her story is she is a millionaire who owns 17 properties, valued at $1.5 million. Her compelling reason why she continues to work is she has seen many young people who are aimless, jobless and squander away their parents’ fortune through unhealthy habits like gambling and drinking. She wants to be a role model for her two children, who will also lead a purposeful life.
My fiancé left her former company due to the hierarchical and inflexibility of working hours and opens her own vocal studio to teaching singing, which is her talent and interest. Now, she is much joyful and passionate in her new trade.
Chris and Janet Attwood, authors of “The Passion Test” book, designed a set of questions to help us to discover our passion and some of the questions for us to ponder are:
- If I could star in my own how-to TV show, it would be about
- I am the go-to person when my friends need help with
- If I won first prize in a talent show, it would be for
Brian Tracy, a motivational speaker, recommends us to imagine you have $20 million in the bank, yet only 10 years to live due to terminal illness. What would you do with the time you have left? What do you really want in your life?
Don’t settle until you discover your true passion and art of fulfillment. Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day.”