Came across this a few days ago. I’m not sure whose words they are but they’re worth pondering over. . . Yes, it’s absolutely vital to have a way (or ways) to earn an income. The need for money is a fact of life. But…Earning an income (via a job or other means) shouldn’t blind us to the people and experiences that matter the most. . . Money is a tool, a means; not an end. . . I know hundreds of people who regret neglecting their health, marriages, kids, parents & emotional well-being in the pursuit of their income. But regret is only useful if it propels us to make some real progress. . . There’s nothing wrong with qualifications but they can easily be devalued by the marketplace, the economy, the government or an employer. . . Grow your skills – nobody can take them away from you. Don’t rely on a single income stream. Make it your responsibility to do everything you can to ensure that the list of people who can make a decision that will massively, negatively impact your life, is as small as possible. . . People who are unhappy with their jobs or in fear of losing their jobs, eventually note that their health and relationships were the first aspects of their lives which they neglected. Once lost, it’s exceptionally difficult to get these blessing back. . . Take care of yourself.