You don’t have to ditch the corporate world to be a success

I cannot tell you how sick I’m becoming of reading the same article over and over again about why I should quit my corporate job and that you’re only a success if you work for yourself, become an entrepreneur or social media personality.

I believe that’s absolute bullshit. It’s becoming all too popular on blogs and social media that everyone is now a life lifestyle expert or coach or life hacker or whatever random title they have this week. Everyone is so keen to tell you that you shouldn’t work for someone else and that they have a fancy article with a list of all the things successful people do and if you do them, you’ll be successful too – I don’t buy into that.

Your happiness is based on your personal outlook. So full disclosure, I’m in a corporate role right now, it challenges me, it lets me work with great people, have great experiences and most importantly makes me happy. I’m not hating on those who are doing their own thing, as long as it’s making them happy and they are doing it for themselves and not because its what they believe they should do.

I’m a firm believer you can be happy in a corporate world working for someone else as long as the work you’re doing aligns to your values and beliefs. How is that any different to being an entrepreneur or social media star? they too do what they do as it relates to their values and beliefs.

Don’t ever think that you’re not successful because your not the next Mark Zuckerberg or social media personality. Success and happiness are interwoven and personal to you, only you can determine what this means and not the so called lifestyle ‘experts’.

Would I never leave the corporate world? Of course not and that’s not what I’m saying. I will pursue what makes me happy, wether that is in the corporate world working for the man or leading my own thing. So finally, Let me leave you with a little quote which I hope will resonate with you:

True happiness beats in your chest. Work out what you like to do best and try to do more of that. Don’t torture yourself pondering the purpose of life. It’s here, it’s now and it won’t last forever, so enjoy it.”

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