The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side.

It is hard to be satisfied with whatever you already possess now. The more you achieved, the more you want some more. Human beings have insatiable needs. When we earn a salary, we want more because we need more to finance our increasing “wants”. When we have a house, we want a bigger one; the same goes to the car(s), etc.

For those in employment, they always wish to be a boss. Whereby, they can have total freedom! They can call the shots and have the last say. That’s super cool, isn’t it? The grass sure looks greener on the other side. However, before you get carried away, ask any enterpreneur and he/she can tell you that being your own boss, you must be ready to give up annual leave, medical leave, lunch hour, bonuses, increment and salary is secondary to your staff’s. After work, you can’t just switch off and expect someone else to think for your business. Your brain still works overtime on cash-flow, new products and services, recruitment, staff affairs and a long list of uncertainties that come as a package for being your own boss.

On this side of the fence, being an employee, the minute you clock out from the office, work issues will be the last thing on your mind. You are free to go for happy hour to release the day’s stress. You know very well that, at the end of the month, your salary, by default, will automatically appear in your bank account, you enjoy employee benefits, you don’t have to worry about bottom line unless you have a sales quota, you can switch your mind off when you are on vacation, when you are not feeling well, you can call in sick, etc. If you don’t like your employer, you can always move on to greener pasture.

You see, people will constantly wish for what they don’t have yet. It’s always so much more attractive looking through the glass, than being in it. But, when you are in it, who knows, you might just want out. When we see people who have already “landed” (successful) today, we only see the beautiful picture, where they are enjoying the fruit of their hard labour. We can only imagine life turbulence experienced by them for years, more downs than ups actually. Some even went rock bottom i.e. became a bankrupt, before they could finally spread their wings to soar. For them, there’s no turning back! Failure is never an option for any business person, especially when you have both legs in. Either you choose to swim to the shore or give up and drown. Having that in mind, at each fall, they picked themselves up, learnt from it and move forward till they finally see their sweat, blood and tears bear fruits. It’s certainly a high price to pay for success. I must say, it also takes a lot of guts. This we must learn from them.

You can still hear people around you saying “wish I could have that…”, regardless of age. Whether it is merely love and attention from a family member, money, status, material things, recognition, popularity, you name it. Everyone wants to have a piece of it, the greener pasture, I mean. Like wise people always remind us : “Be careful of what you wish for”! The higher the risk, the higher the return; the higher you climb, the harder the fall;

For those who wish to explore that Big Dreams, do your homework first. And no, you don’t need to know everything to start doing something. But, you need to know something before you start. Ask people who are already at the top of your dream, make them your “mentor”, learn from their mistakes, find out what they do differently that gives them their success, learn as much as you can about what you are getting into and most of all, you need at least a very supportive and patient partner. If the hat fits, take the chance. You won’t know if you don’t take chances in life!

~ Alice N.


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