"Remember, no one on their death bed ever said they wished they’d spent more time at the office."
I have said before that my job doesn't define me. I have stated time and time again - to myself and to some around me - that I will never be a company man putting in excessive hours to get ahead. It's not because I hate work. I love my job. It's just that I have a lot of other things to build in my life that are much more important to me than my career. So, I'll leave the haggling and slaving over the career and such to the single and young bucks because I'm exactly where I want to be right now. I'm satisfied with my career. I make enough money. The only trouble I have sometimes is not managing it wisely enough. Perhaps someday I will venture to advance, but I will not put my higher priorities in jeopardy. At the top of those priorities are my wife and kids. Second to them is integrity. Thankfully I don't work for someone who expects me to sacrifice all for my career. He knows where I stand and he's okay with that. In that sense, I'm lucky.
wait.... I make enough money?!? I know you just don't hear those words often, but I really do mean that. :-)