If there’s one thing that drives me nuts, it’s when people look at me funny when I say that I would rather have my wife stay at home while I go to work. Maybe it was the old-school style of my dad that passed down to me, but even as a student I would rather work four jobs and be in school so that my wife can stay home with our two children. When I say that, people look at my as if I’m a sexist.
To start with, I am not at all against women in the workplace. Some of the hardest workers that I have worked with and for were women, so I’ll just set that straight. However, my wife and I have come to the realization that we both aren’t playing to our strengths, but to our weaknesses. Since I started school, my wife’s been the breadwinner, which is fine, but I am terrible when it comes to cooking and cleaning, and schoolwork on top of that. As a man, I feel much more fulfilled while I am working than changing diapers. That’s just me. The happiest over the past couples years I’ve been was when I had two jobs and was working 60 hours a week. Not that I love being away from my family, but as man I get fulfillment and pleasure out of work.
So make sure that you play to your strengths in your situation, because that’s how you’re going to win. Admittedly, not everyone has a job that they LOVE, but if you’re in a job you HATE, something has to change. Playing to your strengths fill be more fulfilling, and will make any situation a little better just based on your happiness.