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SUBJECT- If you had to choose between a job that you loved that paid $25,000 a year and a job that you hated that paid $50,000 a year, which job would you take?
SUBJECT- If you had to choose between a job that you loved that paid $25,000 a year and a job that you hated that paid $50,000 a year, which job would you take? We all have our dream jobs in mind, but the truth is that those jobs don't always pay the best. In fact, it's often the dirty jobs and the less-glamorous careers that are the most lucrative. If you're looking for a job that pays well and hated this job The white-haired old guy who inspired me to rush home and write out a five-figure check was not an investment advisor or a lifestyle-design guru. I never even learned his name. We only met because I happened to be sitting in the café car of a Washington DC-bound Amtrak when he got on board and started drinking. Do not make eye contact with a man gulping Bud Lite first thing in the morning, I told myself. Then, because I’m a weirdo, too, I looked up and made eye contact after all. “It’s my last day of work,” he explained. “From tomorrow on, I’m retired.” That changed things. Suddenly, the least I could do was buy him another beer, and let him tell me how he’d been making the same commute every weekday since a year before my birth. No, his wife wasn’t retired too; she’d died a few years back. What he hoped to do now was travel, maybe do a little volunteer work. “I’m lucky I’m still able to physically enjoy things,” he said. I went home that night, having thought all day about what it would be like if I waited until I was 65 (or even 45) to retire. Would my husband be dead by then? Would I be so drained after a lifetime of work that I’d just be grateful I could still walk and eat? 1. Working for money gives you a welcome clarity of purpose. If you’re like me, and you spend a lot of your time wondering about life’s big questions (and spilling La Croix down the front of your shirt), then it’s a humongous relief to have total focus in at least one arena. Working for money is like a tropical-island-screensaver of the mind. You always know what you are doing. There’s no confusion. What’s more, it’s worth considering the motives of those who want to convince you to work for love, not money. Maybe they’re clouding the issue so they can pay you less than you’re worth. 2. Most of life’s problems are intractable. Money is that rare problem that’s possible to (mostly) solve. Say you’ve got a difficult relationship with your Mom. That’s something you may eventually learn to cope with, sure. But because you’re dealing with the wild variable of another person, this is not a situation that you can really solve for. Money is different. Pile up enough of it and you can drastically alter your circumstances, eliminating the worry of sudden medical bills or, eventually, your kid’s college tuition. I’m not saying it’s easy—far from it—but it is possible. 3. The sooner you have money, the less money you need. Every dollar you save and invest in your 20s and 30s becomes many dollars because of compound interest (and what finance types call “time in market”). All this means that, if you do your saving now, while you’re young, you won’t have to sweat this crap all that hard when you’re in your 50s, and retirement is closer at hand—or at least, should be. 4. Likewise, if you work for money now, as opposed to passion, you’re generally in a better position to pursue your passion later on with no financial stresses. Imagine being able to paint or sing or act or write lyric poetry about your cat and not worry about how to pay the rent, like some lucky trust-fund kid. This is my dream, reader, and maybe it’s yours, too. 5. Financial independence is an inherently rational goal—the “fuck off fund” carried to its logical conclusion. To a greater extent than most of us want to admit, you’re only as principled and independent-minded as your bank account allows you to be. So if you really want to be free, not just from one bad relationship or one bad work situation, but to do what it is you really want to do, you need the dollars first and foremost. If i had to choose between a job that you loved that paid $25,000 a year and a job that i hated that paid $50,000 a year, i choose that job which gives $50,000 a year that is a job i hated but it gives me enough money
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