There is this old Chinese proverb: “Find a job you enjoy doing and you will not have to work a day in your life”. The meaning is that you will be so busy in enjoying your job that you will not consider it work at all. For sure this is a realistic argument and we could also add that a person who enjoys his job is likely to be happier as well and abettor person than one who sees work as a necessary discomfort.
It has been reasoned by philosophers that the purpose of life is to look for pleasure and to avoid anguish. Therefore, it is obvious that humans look for what gives them enjoyment. In that case it must be true that we look for work that we enjoy, yet they may not pay well, instead of choosing a less enjoyable job with higher wages. Is this always possible? Can we real find jobs that are indeed enjoyable?
Money is also important. There can be little happiness for a person who does not have enough money. For a person to enjoy life he certainly needs money, and if the means of obtaining money is somewhat unpleasant – like working in a pig farm, should he abandon his job and seek a job that he would enjoy? If all of us seek only jobs that are enjoyable, then no one wants to be a undertaker or a coal miner?
We should learn how to enjoy what we are doing, instead of seeking what we’d love to do. To learn to love a job that pays a lot of money, one could think of all the joys one could have and remember that it’s the job that make all these possible and from there see the job is actually enjoyable after all.
Psychologists tell us that what gives us pleasure is a matter of programming. We have been programmed to listen to a certain type of music; like certain foods and even people. If this is true that would be possible to program ourselves to enjoy our jobs – indeed if there is a well-paying job that we cannot see as enjoyable, but which gives a great deal of money, we can see it as enjoyable.
Therefore, we could say that while it is true that enjoying work is more important that making money, it would be wonderful if we all could enjoyed the job and earn a lot of money as well. Enjoying ourselves is a matter of mental attitude: we can find enjoyment anywhere if we look hard enough. But if we were given a clear choice that we can accept only one or the other, I would agree that enjoying a job is more important than money.