Let me see if I got this right. Your alarm starts beeping in that annoying tone at 5 a.m. everyday. BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! “It’s way too damn early for this” you think to yourself. Then you have to hop in the shower because you have to get ready for a job that you really don’t want. Still half asleep, you brush your teeth. You look in the mirror and see someone who’s tired and extremely unhappy. You muster up the strength to hop in the car, just to sit in traffic for hours. Once you’re there, you spend between 8 in 12 hours dealing with people you don’t like, doing a job you hate. Finally, at five o’clock, you’re free! You sit in traffic, again. That free feeling starts to die. Finally, you get home. How do you celebrate your freedom? You fall asleep watching Netflix. Oh, and tomorrow? You do the same thing again.
Let me be the first to say that you’re not the one to blame. There’s so much poor advice out there. “Experts” spouting off advice about how to be happy. They tell you the way to be happy is to not focus on money. “Money won’t make you happy” they say. But have you ever been happy broke? I think if we all had our choice, we’d rather cry in a Ferrari than a Cavalier.
The number one reason you don’t have enough money to be happy is because of the current job you have. Every two weeks you open up a paycheck that is way less than you feel like you deserve. But yet, you keep hearing that money won’t make you happy.
Let’s get one thing straight: You need more money. And it’s not going to happen at the current organization you’re involved with. How did you even get this job anyway?
The reason you’re at your job right now, is because you were looking to fix an immediate need. You valued the present over the future. And in doing so, you put yourself in a difficult position. But again, it’s not your fault. This is what we’re all taught. When you need a job, you can’t be picky. You just go out and get one. But is that the right one for you? Or is it one that will just pay the bills? I’m guaranteeing your answer falls more in line with the second question.
So if you’re feeling stuck in the mud, how do you get out of it? How do you make more money? How do you get a better job? How do you feel excited to wake up in the morning? The single most important thing you need to know about your career, is that it needs to be planned. Your career needs more attention than an immediate need to pay the bills. You need to be looking three steps ahead. That is the secret. You need to plan out your career by looking three steps ahead of your current situation. It can’t just be about the next job.
How do you do that? Start looking at job postings for a job you really want. This is where the game begins. Go on Indeed, and browse the job that you wish you had. Look at the responsibilities, and look at the requirements. This is your map to your destination. The secret to making more money, and being more fulfilled, is knowing where you’re going. This is what you’re not taught. This is the advice that’s not given in any school system. By knowing where you’re going, you can make a better decision about your next opportunity. But without knowing where you’re going, you’ll never get there.
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