There are two metrics of success that most people acknowledge readily: money and power. The further you are up on the food chain, the more responsibility you naturally have, but also the more a company must trust you with this responsibility. Compensation is supposed to be proportional to your output of work and responsibility. However, where does contentment fit in the equation?
It is easy to see how some think a wallet is the measure of what rung on the ladder we occupy. However, we should also judge the success people have with how wide their smiles are.
Keeping up with the Joneses
They say that money can’t buy you happiness, but it can certainly pay for the search. We see the things we don’t like to do as the ‘half empty glass’ part of our job.
But why can’t the glass be completely full? Why can’t you have your cake and eat it too? Find the job you love with the salary you deserve. You should not have to settle for one or the other. The metrics of success measure different things. Salary is your company’s way of acknowledging your work and your happiness is the way you recognize your own satisfaction with what you are doing. We have to evaluate ourselves and our circumstances as much as our employer evaluates us.
Never do something for nothing
We do some things because we love doing them and that is sometimes reason enough. I sat here and wrote this blog because I enjoy writing. I not only get the cathartic sense of enjoyment from putting ideas down on electronic paper, but I am also building my skills, my experience and my resume. Blogging is the new resume after all. I was always told to find a job that I love and it won’t feel like work. That’s exactly what I have done. Does that mean everyone should go and return their paychecks every week? Absolutely not. You deserve compensation and you deserve to be happy.
No job comes without its responsibilities, pressures, or anxieties. Some days are fun, some days are exhausting and some are peaceful. No job is short of responsibilities and with a promotion or upper level job, the responsibilities become new opportunities for satisfaction. Your work should be as much enjoyment as…work.