Money Vs. Career Satisfaction: Which do you Choose?
Money Versus Career
Some of us choose our employers and career path based on compensation (and fully admit).
Others choose employers and a career based on job satisfaction (and are proud of it).
Most of us would probably say that we are somewhere in between.
But how many of us actually have a goal of finding a ‘happy medium’? A happy medium might be an unintended consequence of your pursuit of money or satisfaction, but I would venture to guess that 99% of us set out to achieve one of the two and hope that the other follows. Then there’s those of us who just aren’t quite able to fully commit to one or the other.
It’s always been an ongoing discussion going on inside my head and without committing to one end of the spectrum I’m in ‘happy medium land’. The debate sounds something like this:
Arguments for Money:
- Following this path could potentially set yourself up for becoming financially independent so that you may do whatever you’d like in life and not have to make money at all.
- A job is a job and as long as you’re working, you might as well be making the most return for your time investment.
- When you follow a path that leads to money you are developing a skill set that is in demand in our society and have a much better chance of getting hired and keeping a job.
- Your job is your job. You should leave it at 5 PM and enjoy the rest of your life.
Arguments for Job Satisfaction:
- Your passion should be what you do with your time. Life is too short to pursue other people’s or employer’s goals. Pursue your own, and rich or poor, happiness will follow.
- What good is money if you don’t enjoy what you do?
- If you love something you can become really good at it and money will follow.
Money and Career Discussion:
- What are your thoughts on the money vs. job satisfaction eternal debate?
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