Six Good Reasons Why You Should Never Work for Money Alone

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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6 Responses to Six Good Reasons Why You Should Never Work for Money Alone

  1. Brandon M. says:

    Such a pessimistic article. I personally love my job and I enjoy every minute spent in the office. Money of course is very important issue. But I doubt someone would work for a long time on a position he/she hates. It leads to stresses, burnouts and grey hair!

  2. Brandon M. says:

    ..oh and then you end up spnding all the money you’ve earned on a job you hate to medical treatment… sad..

  3. Tyler says:

    What are you going to do with your money? Buy new things? Things enslave you. We are the victims of marketing. Media is telling us what to eat, how to dress, where to go, and what’s worst of all – how to think over and over, every day, hour, minute.

    We need things, we dream about them, we depend on them, we wake up in the middle of the night craving them. You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. Mr. Durden was right, only when all you own is gone you can gain freedom…

  4. Linda M. says:

    I totally agree with Tyler. Things enslave us. Ypui have to find job for you to be proud and happy of, but not the one you MAKE yourself go to.

  5. Jose Gonzalez says:

    Excellent find! Money is good but shouldn’t be everything. Life is much more than just material goods in my humble opinion.

  6. Brian Pray says:

    Money is an interesting topic because so many people are driven (or at least think they are driven) by it. I talk with people all the time who are looking for more and want to better their financial situation. When I ask them why they have sought me out they respond, “Because I want to make more money!”

    “Really? Well what is that money for?” I ask. “What will change in your life if you do make more money?”

    It’s funny but I think most of the people haven’t even thought it that way. They are just so focused on the concept of “If I made more money I’d live a better life.”

    Once we can get down to those real meaningful reasons we then have the person’s “why” and they become much more passionate about working towards making that increase in money.

    After all, it’s not money that makes us happy but the things money can buy. And that doesn’t necessarily mean material items but time and freedom. After all, wouldn’t most people be happy if they could do what they wanted, when they wanted and do it with the people they loved?

    I’d also add that there is a huge difference between knowing how to make money versus earning it. When working a job you are always making what the job is worth, not necessarily what you are worth. That frequently leads people to feel as though they are under-compensated and in a way they are right. But, it is their choice to work that job and as such they have agreed to that being their value.

    To your success! Cheers.

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