What does a growing and successful career bring to a person?
Let’s get to the point. Money. We all need to make a living. We need to provide for our own future and in most cases, the future of others.
How does this coincide with financial independence you ask?
Well, I’ll tell you, and there are two ways to look at it.
Let’s look at it from the financial independence angle. Choosing the job and organization that best fits your values and goals takes precedence over the high salary. I remember when I was young, I’d look for the next best thing quickly. And that next best thing was money. It’s nice to be in a position where I can choose an organization and not hope that the organization chooses me.
A quick glance at the article posted above will provide some insight. And I think in my case, it’s true. Maybe yours as well.
My second point is this. When you get that pay raise, what do you do with it? Invest in your financial independence? Or buy new stuff to match your new salary. Being in debt and a slave to consumerism should never be the driving force in looking for a job that pays more.
Bottom line: Don’t try to keep up with the Jones’s by searching for more pay.
Key takeaway you ask? Eliminate debt, save, invest, and earn without sacrificing your life and soul!
Strategically map out your career. Sometimes a pay cut is a pay advance in the future. Try a lateral move. I wouldn’t recommend doing it more than twice in your career though.
But if you’re in debt and constantly struggling with money, it is just added anxiety that can cause your to blindly derail your career, happiness, and health.
Comment and let me know your thoughts!