I have seen it time and time again. My dad changing careers because of $50 a month, my friends switching jobs for a better pay and my old classmates telling me they demanded a higher salary or they consider quitting. Let’s face it. Money is an important part of our job and without it, we wouldn’t be grinding the 9-5.
Stop the “Show Me The Money” Attitude
Money, however is not what we really want. Money is what we need, and most people are surprised to find that we really don’t need that much of it. I recently decided to give up a 6-figure salary to go full time blogging. While it was a decision that will force Emma and I to cut back on some of the luxuries we enjoyed, we will also be much happier. We won’t be driving nice cars, living in a mansion and watching hired gardeners work on our lawn. Instead, we will be spending more time walking to get our groceries, figuring out a way to even get a house and working on our garden together.
At first glance, it would be a wrong decision to quit but what Emma and I gained are precious moments of being together. As a salesperson in my current job, it was hard for me to stay at home much. I was traveling 40% of the time, and I would be so tired from all the timezone differences and lack of sleep to enjoy the rest of the time that I was home.
Consider These Points About Your Job
I know that many people are working solely because of the salary, so this article is for you. Consider the following about your job to see if it’s the right choice for you.
Out of City Travel
Some jobs just require traveling. My job would be great for a bachelor that likes being in different cities but it’s not so great for someone who wants to start a family. Don’t underestimate the disadvantage of not being at home.
Location and Commute
There’s someone at my office that drives 130 miles to and from work each day. He typically spends at least 2 and a half (if not more) hours every day on the road. On top of his 9-10 hour work days, he only has time to drive, work and sleep for at least 5 days out of the week. He’s not alone though, the record for longest commute is 186 miles, each way..
There are companies that are fun to work for and there are others. Work environment should be about what you are comfortable with and not what you can tolerate. If it’s a new job, your first instinct is usually the right one so learn to trust it. You can also get a sense during the interview and remember to ask your interviewer to give you a tour of the company to get an even better idea before you commit.
Coworkers that You Directly Interact With
Many companies will have employees that are less than stellar and often become blockers. These people usually cause more grief than relief for yourself. Either find a way to:
- Teach them to be team players
- Get rid of them
- Work yourself out of any interactions with them
- Polish your resume and start looking for another job
Every time these people stand in the way, you are either spending more time at work or being upset about it. Absolutely unnecessary.
The supervisor and everyone above the chain of command (including head of the company) can make your life in the corporate world a delight or a train wreak. It’s has to do with the rules, the instructions and the guidance. If you don’t respect your boss, it’s time to get a transfer or find a new place to practice your expertise. It’s as clear cut as that. You don’t need the stress and your family certainly don’t appreciate it either. Every excuse you give yourself is only because of the money and you know it.
Passion for What You Do
Unless you have passion for what you do, it’s very hard to enjoy your day-to-day job. Being passionate about your work is also the needed drive for you to succeed. You know if you are passionate about something, so if you are wondering, then the answer is obvious.
Go find something you are passionate about, and live a happy life instead.
Do What’s Best For Your Family
There’s always a choice and it is entirely yours. It’s not always about the money, or so they say. This time, they are right.