I know this is an interesting concept that not everyone agrees with. I however, agree with this statement for a number of reasons. We all have different viewpoints regarding money. Some people love it more than others. Of course, we know it’s a necessary evil. By that I mean that while we need it to survive, it can cause a variety of problems in our daily lives, such as in relationships or between friends, for example.
I personally have never been ruled or really even motivated by money. This, I think, has given me a sense of freedom. I know that may seem like a contradiction, as many believe that money can buy you freedom, but I don’t necessarily think so. Making money can take up our time, which is our freedom. Working long hours in the office to save for our yearly holiday, or that new iPhone or handbag, keeps us from enjoying our free time. Time is much more important to me.
Living in a different country away from my family and friends has helped me to realize how important they are to me. Luckily I’m able to contact them via Line or other phone apps. Australia only has a 1-hour time difference from Japan too, which is helpful. I really enjoy talking with them and it helps me not to get too homesick.
My friends in Japan are just as important, as they are like family in some ways. We are all away from our families so we look after each other. Time with them at this point in my life is more important than being rich. Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to have more cash but it is not my main motivation in life. It can buy some cool things, though. I guess I’m getting old so I should be thinking more about my future, but I’ll worry about that later.
Now let’s look at it from a business perspective. It does look to me that time management seems to be a problem in some offices in Tokyo. Through talking with friends, I’ve heard that there are too many meetings in some companies and that some of them are a waste of time. This leads to more paid overtime, which can cost companies more money when it’s perhaps not necessary. If all members of a team are not required at every meeting, then they should be able to skip it and keep at their daily tasks. I think people should only attend meetings when they have something to contribute. Otherwise it seems like a waste of time. This is my idea for reducing staff costs and helping increase morale within the company.
In closing, time is more valuable to me and if people use their time more efficiently, it can help reduce stress and make life more enjoyable. Leave the office earlier, and meet your friends or family. Find a better work-life balance. This will lead to a better, happier and more satisfying life.
rule (v) – exercise ultimate power or authority over (someone)
contradiction (n) – a group of statements, ideas, or features which are opposed to each other
homesick (adj.) – the feeling of missing or wanting to go back to one’s home or hometown
perspective (n) – a particular attitude towards or way of regarding something; a point of view
contribute (v) – give one’s point of view in a discussion
morale (n) – the confidence, enthusiasm, and discipline of a person or group at a particular time
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