One of the main reasons why people work in jobs that they don’t like is because they are overextended financially. The idea that having material possessions makes you a more successful professional is an old scam, dangerous philosophy which in the long run can be quite limiting. We need to set our priorities straight from the beginning people. Did you just graduate from graduate school? Don’t buy a house and an expensive car right off the bat. The answer to professional success isn’t extravagance. People’s decisions to live an extravagant life, in the end… tend to handicap them. The secret is rationality. A professional who makes one hundred thousand dollars a year shouldn’t be buying a 300K house and driving a brand new BMW 750 Series. The former will most definitely limit him or her. Spending what you don’t have is a terrible professional strategy.
Let me make this article a bit more personal: The moment your overhead increases, your job maneuverability decreases… and you become dependent on your current job. What is the consequence of the former? Your autonomy is then severely affected because of poor lifestyle choices. These glamorous choices, e.g., buying an expensive house in a county club development, driving an import luxury car… will then “prohibit” you from moving on to another organization (if you wish) when the time or offer is right. Listen carefully: Compensation is far from being everything that there is about a job. Flexibility is as important and as valuable (if not more valuable) than income received. In 2017, your ability to engage in job blitzkrieg is a necessity for survival, especially if you haven’t found your dream job yet. Be very careful when buying real estate. Most houses bankrupt employees up front or make them completely dependent on their employer the moment you close on your house.
People also stay in jobs that they hate because of titles. Titles are cool and can make you feel pretty good about yourself. However, losing your title or deciding to do something else with your life isn’t a humiliation or a set back in your career, necessarily. Any experienced leader understands that leadership isn’t position; Leadership is action, as once stated by leadership expert John Maxwell. Titles come and go and many times they bounce back. Just because you hold a title in your HR department doesn’t mean that you should stay in your current position if you are being mistreated or underutilized. If you choose to stay in a job simply because of a title… I would argue that money isn’t the only problem you struggle with. You most definitely struggle with ego issues. By the way: Those who are constantly applying the principles of position leadership to others will end up leading the wind. Overextended employees might work for these kinds of “leaders” but they won’t listen to them or be motivated by them. Position leadership is short-lived.
An expensive house, titles, a BMW or a Mercedes Benz… along with that “prestige” you got from working at Coca Cola is too much for you to give up, isn’t it? Let me share with you part of my philosophy of life. I don’t let money or titles control me. I make my priorities based on scripture — based on what is written in the Bible. Remember: The moment that you make God the center of your life, the former struggles start to disappear. You will quickly realize that possessions and job nomenclature is de factomeaningless.
Do yourself a favor. Don’t overextend yourself. Make God the center of your life instead of a salary, cars, titles, technology, and such. In the volatile market that we live in these days, having the capacity to engage in job maneuverability is without question a necessity these days. There is tremendous power in calling your shots even if authority resides in the hands of others.