Here is a good news! In your professional life, you will almost always have options. Here is a bad news! You will almost always have to choose one. I know it is obvious and yet it is difficult to digest. We are often on a quest to “have it all” but the truth is that you just cannot have everything. You’ll always have to make a choice on the basis of your priorities, your interests, your future and so on. And you will have to live with that choice of yours. Trying to achieve everything will only leave you disappointed and destroyed.
The Opportunity Cost
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Every time you make a choice, you will incur an opportunity cost. The opportunity means that no matter what you choose, it costs something. Directly or indirectly! Let’s say your company offers you a raise for which you will have to leave your city. If you leave your city, you will have to move away from your family and friends. If you choose to take up the company’s offer, you will have to sacrifice something. Your sacrifice in the form of leaving your family and staying alone in a new city is what we call the opportunity cost. The concept of opportunity cost makes it clear that you’ll never have everything. In older to have something, you will always find yourself incurring some sort of cost.
The Ever Increasing Opportunity Cost
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The plight of the modern world is that the opportunity cost today is higher than ever. Due to increasing opportunities, increasing interests, increasing scope of work and so on; the opportunity cost of doing anything is also greater and multiple. The social media has a huge role to play here. If you are sacrificing your love life for your work, you will constantly be reminded of it by your friends’ social media updates with their boyfriends and girlfriends. This is bound to happen today and there’s no escape from it. The only way to handle this is by understanding a plain, cold truth that you cannot have it all. You have made a choice for yourself and now, you got to live with it.
The solution is to accept the fact that you are bound by human capabilities. You can only pursue one goal at a time and you will always incur an opportunity cost. This acceptance can help you overcome the FOMO (Fear of missing out) and the pressure you feel by incurring any kind of opportunity cost.
Sometimes, in life, all you have to do is remind yourself that you chose this and you have to stand by your decision no matter what. No regrets!