Q&A: Why Shouldn’t I Take a Job that Pays as Much as Possible?
Because life isn’t all about money.
Work gets real fun when you look forward to doing it, and to me, that sense of excitement to get up in the morning is why more valuable than a few thousand more dollars in the bank at the end of the year.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the average person spends a lot on frivolous and excess spending. They get used to going out for drinks three nights a week to numb their misery from the job they hate. Or they get used to buying the name-brand products at the grocery store because they don’t really care about saving that extra $15 per trip. This “lifestyle creep” keeps people feeling like they’re trapped in their current career, too scared to make a necessary change because they don’t want to lose their everyday luxuries.
Wealth can be cage. That’s why I’m an advocate of living frugally.
You spend a third of your life at work, and you don’t deserve to spend that time feeling miserable. If you find a job that pays $10k less but it’s the perfect environment, then maybe it’s time to look at your expenses every month and see the little things you could cut out. Multiple streaming services? Multiple nights out to dinner? Going out for drinks? All of that is wasteful if you aren’t happy at work.
Some extra money in your pocket won’t solve all your problems. If you’re just forcing yourself to work at a job you aren’t happy with in order to keep living a life that you aren’t satisfied with, you’re trapping yourself in a vicious cycle.
As long as you are still making enough money to make ends meet, you can afford to make a career change. Your happiness is worth so much more than that daily trip to Starbucks or Hulu subscription you use once per month. Cut out the excess on focus on the things that matter.