Swati Arora

Lifestyle - Writer
New Delhi - India

    Do You Consider Your Health as Part of Being Successful?

    January 26, 2017

    A few days ago, I was at a local university giving a speech about how great it is to be an engineer to a group of incoming freshmen.  When the request came from the university, they asked for young engineers to talk about their “successful” careers.

    I guess by conventional standard I am “successful” in my chosen career.  I make a decent salary that will probably be over 6 figures within the next three years and am well respected among my colleagues.  I am not passionate about what I am doing, but I am relatively happy to be an engineer.

    The common question that these freshmen asked was ‘how much money I make?’  That is no surprise.

    But what is surprising is that no one ask how much time I spend in the office — typing at my desk, sitting in meetings, and returning phone calls.  I felt compel to discuss how as a young engineer I spent 40% of my time doing field work and inspections.  I loved it!  My body loved it!  But as I advance, I now spend 100% of my time in the office.  Some days after back to back meetings, I just want to run far away.

    So do I consider myself successful?  No.  I do not feel that I am at my optimal health.  Success to me is link to my overall health and wellness.  On a scale from 1 to 10 with 10 being optimal health, I would say that I am a 7.5.

    Would I be willing to give up $10,000 of my annual salary to be as healthy as when I was in college? In a heartbeat.  What about $20,000?  I might hesitate, but deep down inside, I know the answer is yes.

    How much of your annual salary would you be willing to give up to have the health or a 20 year again?

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