Passion vs Money
Suppose I am an entry-level graduate. I would not mind following the route of a lousy job with good pay. This is because I believe I need to build the foundations of financial prosperity, as financial support from my parents may be non-existent.
Hence, I would be willing to do "donkey work" for a good salary, but not without a plan for my next move. Once I have amassed the wealth, I need to build a solid foundation. I believe I will move on to my next category; an average okay job with an average salary.
In my mid-thirties to forties, I believe I can afford the "luxury" to slow down my pace of work. By this age, I can afford not to exactly "love" my job but still get a decent salary at the end of the day.
This is because priorities would have shifted, with the addition of possibly having a dependent young family by then. Thus, I cannot afford to let my mental or physical well-being receive a total shock, nor can I also receive a payment that does not pay the bills or put food on the table, all in the name of "I love what I am doing".
In this case, a balance puts all stakeholders and interested parties at rest.
Finally, by the time I am heading to my sixties, closer to retirement, a good job with poor pay does not sound so bad, as I should have amassed enough wealth to relax and enjoy what I am doing finally.
Just in the words of Carl Honore, "By slowing down at the right moments, people find that they do everything better. They eat better; they make love better; they exercise better; they work better; they live better." Hence, I can rest assured of dying knowing I had a successful life, eventually doing what I love.
"By slowing down at the right moments, people find that they do everything better. They eat better; they make love better; they exercise better; they work better; they live better."
What to do if you are currently having a great job but low wages? There are many ways out, and you could consider finding a side-hustle that can provide extra funds to support your daily expenses whilst you enjoy your other job, though this may come with fatigue from long working hours.
Remember, no matter how good a salary is, the price of peace of mind and joy whilst working cannot be compared to any amount of money. Looksharp Global has some careers posted you could start from, or it's time you negotiated for a better salary.
Or you may find you are at a pretty bad job but are receiving a whole lot of money but no job satisfaction. What then do you do? It is known that a lack of interest in a job can affect your delivery and level of commitment although the salary is good.
What do you think about this?
How about you find pockets of happiness at your workplace to start with? Maybe it is that constant smile from a colleague each morning or having a gist partner to vent on or joke with.
You see, it is not looking so bad after all!