Call me a hypocrite…

But I don’t feel like working for money alone.

I’ve been asked a lot about my choice of occupation. As you all know, I’ve been hired as an educator by my former high school (if you don’t know that, please read my other posts (haha, shameless plugging)). Some were just curious, some were shocked. I completely understood their reactions since even I didn’t have any inkling of pursuing this profession back when I was in high school and college. However, there’s this bunch of acquaintances who thought I might be better off with some famous corporate office where I could earn in just a month my 4 months worth of salary.

In a typical me-as-the-compromise-give-you-the-benefit-of-a-doubt-wants-peace-guy fashion I just give them my typical answer, that office work in my opinion, would only dull my academe side and that teaching will enable me to continually study and learn as a preparation for my Masters.

As I can see from their eyes these are the particular type of people who measure success by measuring the amount of your earnings per year. These are the people who look down on the profession of teaching as something not significant.

Call me a hypocrite, but I can’t bring myself to like/dislike a job solely based on the number of digits in my payslip. I do believe that money is important. That lot of money is good, since it enables you to be financially secure. In truth I want Php 21 million pesos for me to invest in a bank, and live on the interest it generates, so that I’ll stop working altogether and focus on things that I really wanted to do. But to work solely for money is definitely not for me.

Of course, there are some whose situation demands that he/she do things that he/she didn’t like but needs to because the job is high-paying. I’m not condemning them. But please do not measure one’s success based on the number of their salary’s digits.


~ by rosmant on December 12, 2009.

2 Responses to “Call me a hypocrite…”

  1. Hi kuya Alex! 🙂 Sa tingin ko hindi ka ipokrito. Kakaunti lang ang katulad mo, ang nagtatrabaho hindi dahil sa halaga ng kinikita kundi dahil sa gusto talaga. Nakakatuwa lang ding isipin na isa ka sa mangilan-ilan na gusto ang pagtuturo. Good luck kuya Alex! 🙂

    We miss you sa DilNet. 🙂

  2. ” Success is measured by the number of lives we’ve touched; that when a person remembers you, s/he’ll be thankful that at least once in their life, they came across you who changed their life. ” — Self-quote. Haha.

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