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Being Busy Is What We Do

Many, if not most of us, try to find purpose in our work, pursuing an enjoyable, meaningful career. Factors that tilt the scales towards focusing exclusively on work are financial insecurity, peer pressure and social appearance.

Being busy makes us feel good and confident, and if we do not focus on work, we are afraid we would not be respected by society. This neurotic obsession with work leads to an unhealthy and miserable life in the long run.

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