Our Choices. Our Consequences. Our Happiness.

by Vinaya HS on June 8, 2011

in Finance

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Here’s a recent conversation I had with an ex-colleague.

How’s your job/work going?

Pretty good.

D’s also working right?

Yeah. In fact, her division at Company L was recently taken over by Company N.

[The conversation then revolved around family life...]

Then both of you must be really busy with your careers?

No. Not at all.

It’s exactly the other way around. For us, work fits around our personal lives. For example: I said NO to BIG Company I (which really was a stone’s throw away from L) and BIG Company S before saying YES to Company M and D’s been with Company L since she started her career.

A short commute, work from home when necessary, wear what we want to work, independent contributor-type roles, and good reporting managers (we’re both honestly lucky in this aspect), that’s what we get at both Company M and Company L.

He he he…same old specifications. Good to know you’re able to get/enjoy what you want.

Her last statement left me thinking. These work-environment-factors are what we need — not want. We wouldn’t be at our productive best otherwise. We wouldn’t be happy otherwise. I’ve worn formals at a previous job and if I hadn’t quit when I did, I’d be having a dual-personality by now. (And I’ve always wondered why we can’t be who we want to be in our own motherland.) But our choices certainly do have their consequences. For example: D easily makes 30% less that what she’d make elsewhere. But she couldn’t even dream of trading these work-environment-factors for money. Neither would I — not even for a BIG-brand on my resume.

And we’re perfectly OK with all these because: We make our choices. We face their consequences. We enjoy our happiness.

Time and again, I find that these are the pillars that support us.

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anjali June 8, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Good Thought V! I appreciate the personal values you guys share

yogeeta June 8, 2011 at 11:14 AM

subscribe to the same thought..
compromises on salary, other benefits requires that we are able to explain to ourselves first why we are making them i guess.. the rest will follow..

Vinaya H S June 8, 2011 at 12:26 PM


Your very first comment on Capital Advisor! Wow! :-)


That and the ability to accept your choices.

Vinaya June 9, 2011 at 3:03 AM

Duniya Gool hai, Ghoomaney wala koyi nahi :) That’s Life Mr. Capital Advisor BJ (Blogger Junkey :)

Notary June 9, 2011 at 5:29 AM

Afterall, its the “choices” that make you who/what you are ;)

PS : I so badly wanted to post this :p

Vinaya H S June 9, 2011 at 6:20 AM


Wow! That’s two comments from you in a row. What’s happening?

Anoop June 13, 2011 at 5:36 PM

@ Vinaya..
Notary’s personal experience making him talk instead of being tight lipped..

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