I would like this article to be a complimentary piece to Why you shouldn't take my advice (which is still half finished btw). And, as in most things in life, I can't take credit for it. "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders' of Giants."
Roger gave me advice in 2018 and it's very useful. Not sure if he got it from somewhere.
Don't take advice or envy someone who has a job that you want BUT you wouldn't trade their entire life for.
I can't remember why he said this but like me hypothesize:
- There are lots of people who are super successful in one aspect of life (careers) and totally crummy in others (relationships - family, friends, health, enjoyment). Ya, that guy might be making 8 figures a year working on Wall Street as an IB but he's on his third wife, his kids hate him, and he can only get by by doing a couple lines of coke every morning. So if you wouldn't want to trade for all of that — the good along with the bad — you probably shouldn't take his advice. It's a more holistic life approach vs. just specifically career.
- With great power comes great responsibility. From the outside, it might seem cool to be the General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. But, bro, there's a heavy burden being in a spot like that. It is not all ☀️ and 🌈. Not only that but I suspect a lot of people want the result (i.e. General Manager) but they wouldn't be willing to sacrifice and put all the effort into getting there. As I've mentioned countless times before, actions speak louder than words.
Written: October 24, 2020