I have always chased my dreams of business ownership. That’s not to say I haven’t worked a job for money, because like most, I have. In my opinion the necessities of life, shelter, food, utilities and so on are the only reason to work a job for money.
I have known people that have worked at jobs, which they couldn’t stand, for two decades. Why? To keep up a materialistic lifestyle. They have a big house with a big mortgage, new car with a six-year note, and credit card debt for televisions and vacations. They drive home from a job they hate, to watch a TV they couldn’t afford, to dream of a different life.
The truth is they could have the life they dreamed of, if only they would have continued to search for a career that paid them in money and happiness.
I cannot understand why anyone would work a job their whole life to only pay bills and be miserable.
I have had conversations with family members, who suggest the company they work for is only out for money. When in fact, the only reason they work for this company is for money. So, in their mind, it’s OK for the employee to seek only money, but not for the company? Why would you work for such a terrible employer? Have they ever considered perhaps they’re a terrible employee? Not a terrible worker, as all the people I know that fit into this are hardworking people.
The answer is simple, they need the money. They don’t need the money to survive, they need the money to keep up their lifestyle.
Wouldn’t the best decision be to change your lifestyle and then change your career to something more fulfilling?
If you look at how you spend money, you sell your time to be able to keep up the lifestyle you have now. Could you afford to take a large pay cut, if needed, to find a career you love that pays you both in money and happiness?
The following example is based on me:
I spend roughly $20.00 a day eating out for breakfast, lunch and the occasional gas station junk food stop. There’s roughly 21 working days a month, but don’t cut out all days, treat yourself on Fridays. So, call it 16 days for a monthly total of $320.00 per month and $3,840 a year.
My family spends about $5,000 a week when we go on vacation, this year, we took two weeks. We all need to recharge, but I don’t need two different trips a year, so I could cut one of those out. That just gave me $5,000 a year to put toward a new career and happiness. I would give up all vacation for happiness. I would prefer to be happy 52 weeks a year instead of the one or two when I’m on vacation. Why would you work so hard, just to be able to be happy for just one week?
These two examples just freed up nearly $9,000 a year. These don’t scratch the surface of the cutbacks I could make, if I needed to change my career to be happier.
Outlook on life has more to do with this than anything. I’m certain that the people described above wouldn’t look at these as sacrifices to be happy. They would likely look at it as sacrifices that have to be made, because they are making less money than they did before.
What makes you happy? What makes you unhappy? What can you sacrifice to be happier?