Listen to Tim deliver this YNTK! Click below:
YOU NEED TO KNOW… that your job is not about the money.
Please take 10 seconds to stop whatever you’re doing (unless, of course, you’re driving; in that case, please proceed) and answer the following multiple choice question—honestly! The following best describes how I feel about my job:
a) I hate my job
b) I tolerate my job
c) I like my job
d) I love my job
e) I’m MADE for my job
Now, if you didn’t answer either d) or e) (that you love your job or are plain made for your job), I’d like to know why. My guess is that virtually every single answer would be some variant of “I NEED or WANT the money.” If that is the case, I want to applaud you, because that means that you’ve chosen to sacrifice the majority of your waking hours in this lifetime to doing something that you don’t particularly like to do because you need or want the money… and I’m not saying that sarcastically—my guess is that you likely need or want the money for a worthy cause, like your family, and that is absolutely a cause worthy of sacrifice.
But then assuming that is the case—that you don’t necessarily love your job, but you’re doing it because you want or need the money to take care of yourself and your family—here’s another important question: What additional sacrifice would it take to land or create the job of your dreams? Maybe additional schooling or a pay-cut while you gain some more expertise or experience? And maybe it would even mean asking your family to sacrifice for a time. Moving or changing schools? I know this is serious stuff that is not to be taken lightly. And now I need to ask one final question: Which is the greater sacrifice—remaking your professional self and temporarily altering your lifestyle and possibly that of your family? Or spending the majority of your waking hours in your LIFE working a job that doesn’t actually give you fulfillment?
And here’s the irony of sticking with a job simply because of the money: My experience, in working with hundreds of clients from at least 4 different generations with widely varying income levels, net worths and family structures has taught me that those who find the career path that best suits them find a greater level of contentment—regardless of their income—but on average, they also just happen to make MORE money… and that is something YOU NEED TO KNOW.