Lishen Nair (born 1984) completed his honours degree in commerce and began his career as an auditor in 2008. Dissatisfaction saw him move between accounting, costing and procurement roles...all to no avail. While their requirements were different, he found the same plot underlying all of these careers: unrelenting demands, deadlines, stress, and limited reward.
In this setup, weekends present a period of recovery and relief rather than recreation. Nair believes that looking forward to the weekend and dreading Mondays is no way to live, as prevalent as this attitude may be. Accepting the ever-popular notion of "that's the way it is" was not an option.
This set in motion a quest for reason-based and experiential substantiation that adult life doesn't have to follow this formula. Imperative was to balance passion with pragmatism, because true happiness is about more than just hope or a positive attitude.
Advocating passive income and entrepreneurial profit as the only realistic ways to become independent, Lishen invests in real estate, stocks and gold medallions. Downtime comprises of exercise, meditation and of course, writing.
The words of Henry James echo: "Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact."
The message the author wants to get out then is that adults must not lose the belief that life is something worth leaping out of bed for - Monday mornings included.