The Graveyard Is Full of Irreplaceable People. Don’t Be Foolish, Stop Overworking.

Regret I cannot overcome, but the lesson I will not forget.

Yousuf Rafi
3 min readJun 2


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I knew I would not attend the funeral, but I assured my mother I would come. But since we were working for a festival, I could not make time, and my grandmother passed away without seeing me.

My paramount regret is not being with my grandmother at the last moment.

Your company rarely cares about your sacrifices. Your boss will not reward you for the late-night sitting. And trust me, after five years, I don’t remember the orders on which I was working, but I still remember the exact time and date of the moment my grandmother left this earth.

That’s the downside of being a workaholic. You don’t even realize you’re working so hard for something that might not benefit you in the long run.

Prioritize Relationships over Professional Success

Let’s be candid. Our society gives extraordinary value to the idea of being a workaholic. People are defined by their career success, the revenue they generate, and the brand they build. But these things will crumble in a second when the inevitable takes place. They’re not meant to stay, but you know what does? Love. Relationships. Memories.

Time spent with your loved ones is the only investment with guaranteed returns. No matter how many zeros are in your bank balance, they will not offer comfort when the moments of grief knock at your door.

The Illusion of Productivity

The notion of productivity we are sold is a distorted one. It makes us believe we're wasting time if we’re not working. But the reality is, life isn’t measured in the number of hours you put into your job, the promotions you get, or the money you make. Life is about the moments of joy, sorrow, and everything we share with our family, friends, and loved ones.

Stop being obsessed with being productive all the time. Productivity should not be the measure of your worth. You are much more than what you do for a living.

Embrace a Life Outside of Work



Yousuf Rafi

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