When asked the motivation behind doing a job, most people will answer they are doing their job for the money. Today the pursuit of money is almost directly linked to the pursuit of happiness; many will argue that money is equal to happiness. However, this is inherently problematic as this mindset had lead many people to stray down a path that doesn’t best suit them. When people choose their careers, many of them sacrifice their true desire for the sake of money, thinking that they can able to pursue their desired work later when they had enough money. Although money is great and can buy us all the things that will make us happy (mostly temporarily), but no amount of money can you buy time. Time is our most valuable asset and it is something, that while on this earth, we should spend most wisely.
Below are some reasons why you should not work just for money:
1. You Become A Slave To Money
When money is the controlling factor, there is not much room left for personal independence as you are in control of an outer factor. This will create a fearful, helpless and slave mentality. Your source of motivation will always negative; fear of losing our jobs, not being able to provide for a family and so on. You will not take personal responsibility of your condition, instead you are likely to be angry and blame others for the fact that you do not have enough money or control in your life.
2. You Will Never Make Enough Money
When you do things against your liking and desire, there will always be a negative effect on your performance. Being employed is very much “the more you put in, the more you get out”. Your earning will always be equal to the quality time and effort you put in your job. Being driven by money, your focus will always be on the end result (money earned) instead in the process and joy of making things happen. Which will let to poor performance as when one eye is fixed on the horizon, there is only one eye left to guide you in your path. You will never make enough money and even if you can, it will never give you satisfaction.
3. Stagnation Risk
When you work just for money, there is always a risk of stagnation. As when you are only chasing money, you are less likely to learn and develop in your job. Money as a driving focus can only motivate you up to a limit. Once you reach a comfort zone and making the level of money that you feel is fair, you are on cruise control down the path of least resistance. You will be exposed to less business scenarios and environments, disabling you to develop the deep problem solving skills that you must need in today’s competitive market. And this will eventually lead you to the risk of being laid off one day.
4. Dissatisfaction And Hate Feeling
No matter how much money you make, nothing will help you overcome the feeling of doing something you don’t like or even hate. Money is effective at forcing people to go to work but no one likes to be forced. When they feel that others are pulling the strings, they go away mentally. Lack of inner drive eventually lead them on a downward spiral.
5. Debt Spiral
Peoples who are motivated by an internal force, desire or dream. Who are doing the job they really want to do, are mostly having a better control of their life and their money compare to the people who are just chasing money. The higher the income later generate, the higher the spending and the debt leveraging they will engage in. This becomes a vicious circle where they end up just chasing their own tail by every month getting their pay check and straight away pay interest on their debt. The major cause for this behavior is mostly dissatisfaction, lack of motivation and drive. They try to satisfying themselves with other means which money can buy.
In the end, this article is not about making you quitting your job, but merely to open your eyes and to shift your prospective from chasing money to chasing your true desire and dreams.