Here is the truth: you work because you want to earn money. It is understandable. You can refer to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Unless your basic needs, such as shelter, food, education, and clothes are met, you will never find satisfaction in belongingness and recognition or even gain self-actualization.
However, it is also not a good idea to be fully controlled by wealth. Otherwise, you will encounter following disasters:
1. Your salary will never be enough.
You can be the highest-paid information analyst in your company, but if you feel you are not receiving what you are worth, you will still feel like any of those rank-and-file employees.
2. You will instantly feel the burnout.
Many employees complain about burnouts. They feel they are overstressed, yet they don’t receive the right compensation. Though in some cases this could be true, another explanation could be that you have become a workaholic for the wrong reason — you are working just to earn more money.
You have to keep in mind that companies have standards and budgets to keep. It is not all the time that all your hard work will be compensated with money.
3. You find yourself on a job hunting spree all the time.
Along with the burnout is the need to look for that seemingly “elusive” greener pasture. Those who never find satisfaction in what they are doing will end up leaving their job posts several times all throughout their career.
4. You will actually incur more debts.
Perhaps it stems from self-gratification. You are confident in incurring debt because you believe you will have the ability to pay for it later on. If not, it is the need to keep up with a certain status in the society. It is also typical for money-driven individuals to compete with the Joneses or to live a high-end life since they have the cash to burn.
5. You can never grow.
Is it true that those who are pushed by money end up getting higher positions later in a company? The answer is NO, it is not. If they are satisfied of what they are earning, they will never aspire to move higher in the corporate ladder in the first place. They will be doing the same job over and over. If they wish to earn more, you will see them in situation no. 3.
6. You will never be happy.
You know what they say, “You can buy a bed but not sleep.” Cliché as it may sound, there are just certain things money cannot buy. Money cannot replace the lost time with your child or spouse because you are in the office most of the time. It cannot be a substitute to finding a possible romantic relationship since you are already married to your work. Worse, when money is all but gone, you will end up feeling so hallow all the time.
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