Recently, someone close to me called me a “workaholic”. Now, it got me thinking. What exactly does that mean? The dictionary definition for workaholic is “a person who compulsively works hard and long hours”. I guess going off that definition, then yes, I may just be a workaholic. But for good reason! I am very passionate about my work.
Now, along with being a student, I also hold two jobs that are very diverse, but also involve a lot of my time. I am a Student Brand Manager for Red Bull on my campus, and I work as a youth ministries assistant for my local church. These aren’t just jobs, but they are my lifestyle. There is always something to do for both of them, and work to be done.
I don’t really like the negative connotation with the word “workaholic”. I have friends, hobbies, and even as I type this I am in a plane on my way to Japan for a trip over Thanksgiving break. My work isn’t the only thing that defines me, yet it is a huge part of who I am. And since it is something I am passionate about, I want to put a lot of time and energy into it! Isn’t this the kind of career most people want? A career they absolutely love?
Granted, I enjoy my time off, but while I’m working, I prefer to put my all into it. In fact, why don’t other people care more about their work? Being in college, I see too many students who try to always take the “easy way out”. This mentality of constantly trying to take shortcuts is going to hurt them in the end. Is it so bad then that I care? So call me a workaholic again! I actually take it as a compliment.