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Essentially, work helps us gain a sense of pride and self-satisfaction by reaffirming that we can support ourselves. With work, we earn money to cover bills and pay for activities in our leisure time; but work shouldn’t just be about the paycheck, it shouldn’t just be a source of income and nothing more. As we get older, we should start seeing our jobs as vital lifelines to precious commodities that have little or nothing to do with instant money, let’s look at these 5.

  1. Personal Development: 

Sometimes, working in an environment where you have to meet deadlines, targets, submits projects and all sorts could lead to personal development faster that when you work for yourself from home. While working, you get to participate in activities that improve your awareness and identity, develop your talents and potential, enhance your quality of life and contribute to the realization of your dreams and aspirations.

  1. Finding And Making Friends: 

When you ceased to be a student, did you realize that something weird happened? Did your old time school friends find careers in other cities and settle down there with families of their own? Did your pool of friends evaporate in such a short time that you could write the names of the remaining ones on the back of a postage stamp? Well, I’m guessing it happened to all of us, and all we can do is to try and keep in touch as best as we can, or just move on with a new bunch of friends. But work is demanding and family is there to take care of, so the next best place to make friends and lasting ones would be at the place where we now spend most of our time – the workplace. And even if you hate everyone you work with, the social skills are just as invaluable, as without the job, you’d never associate with some people, but when you’re forced to, getting along with them is excellent practice for controlling your spontaneous urges to slap someone with a tennis bat across the face – since you could be fired if you did!

  1. You Become More Valuable:

As long as you’re able to contribute some specific skill set to even the smallest group, your worth to the world increases by the day. The more unique your skill set, the more in demand you will be, and that’s important to remember if you’re still searching for your perfect career, so each new challenge you take on at your present workplace brings that much more to the table when you finally turn in your resume for that dream job.

  1. It Exercises Your Sense Of Standards

When left to our own devices, many of us will let a lot more slide than we would if we were doing the work for someone else, it is very easy to leave a story halfway or a task half-done without coming back to it, it’s your work and you can do it anytime you want. But when you have deadlines and you have to meet up a particular standard before you get a raise or commendation, you will constantly want to meet up with the standard. And constantly exercising those standards is what helps keep our minds sharp and active.

  1. It Improves Mental Health:

Most people who are unemployed for a long time have a tendency to eventually fall into depression; they see themselves as burdens to the people who are carrying their financial load, and the longer they stay unemployed, the more vicious the cycle becomes. From finding it harder and harder to get out of bed each morning, to thinking about where the next meal will come from, and thinking about how people will see them when they ask for help, depression might set in and could lead to a major medical issue. So, you see, having a job is not just about your paycheck, but it gives you a sense of worth and keeps you active, and in my experience, inactivity is the manure that fertilizes your field of depression. Stay Safe.



Christopher Bamidele

Christopher Bamidele

Chris Bamidele is a passionate and unapologetic Nigerian; an amateur writer and aspiring TV director who holds a first degree in Mass Communication, but majored in Radio and TV Broadcasting. He is cool headed, a realist, and an optimist to the core. Chris Bamidele blogs African stories on www.degreatest2.wordpress.com and tweets @degreatest2. He currently lives in Lagos.

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