I cannot tell you how many people I hear from who confide in me that they took the job that offered them the most money even when they are not actually that jazzed about the work they will be doing. They stayed in those roles, unhappy and unmotivated, because now they have families that they need to support and how could they think about leaving and potentially taking a salary cut to do something they would love to do in their careers?
It’s really interesting how the human mind can flip your perception of how much you have. Some of the richest men and women in the world live in fear of not having enough money. Some of the poorest don’t worry at all; they simply expect they’ll make it work. Although I’m not the richest or the poorest of people, I chose to follow the path of carefree joy.
Your relationship with money says a lot about what is happening in your career and your salary. Over the course of my career, my relationship to money has changed, but at the beginning I remained scared of money. I felt powerless to bargain for what I needed to survive. I simply took what was offered to me.
Your salary does not need to be stagnant just because of the financial crisis or what the Baby Boomers are doing. That way of thinking leaves you powerless and without possibility in your career.