I’m not going to try and argue that money is not important. Of course it is. But it is not the only thing that’s important when you are looking at changing jobs. And taking a job solely on account of the fat paycheque it’s going to give you can lead to some serious pitfalls. DISCLAIMER - I included the top reasons, but sadly there are others.
It seems like a simple question, but as far back as when I was a Corporate Recruiter, I saw people making the same mistake, and they weren’t even aware of it.
There are a bunch of reasons that make it hard for people to pull themselves out of their current crappy situations. Fear of failure, money issues, pressure from other people’s expectation, all totally valid. Trust me, I know from first hand experience how tough all that shit can be to get past, but it is doable.
Let me be really clear, I’m not saying that there is no such thing as passion. There are tons of people doing work they are passionate about, and that is definitely the goal. But people for far too long have been throwing around this just ‘follow your passion’ stuff and it’s really gotta stop.
I wanted to be a lawyer. I don’t know where that first came from, but I can actually remember imagining myself as a lawyer. In a suit, all professional and serious, fighting for my client and holding my ground. What if I had gone to law school? That question used to really bother me.
If you’ve ever been to Guatape, this small Colombian pueblo just outside of Medellin, you probably know about this massive rock you’re supposed to climb (Piedra del Penol if you want to Google it). It takes about 25 minutes, there’s just over 700 steps, and apparently you get amazing views at the top. Every travel blogger says you just HAVE to do it. Well I didn’t and it made me realise a lot.