Money or Happiness? Which Do I Choose?
It's amazing how young people believe or assume that money is equivalent
to happiness. Though I will not fail to agree that money is vital and
the lack of it has the ability to make one unhappy at the same time, we
need to get our priorities right in our career decisions.
Find below the question I saw on Quora that got me thinking:
age 25, would you pursue a good paying corporate job that makes you
unhappy or a hobby that makes you happy but has no guarantee to pay the
I shared this question with a number of people, online and offline, and I received one unanimous reply: WORK FIRST AND MAKE MONEY, EVEN IF YOU ARE UNHAPPY!
This leads to my next question: When
will you stop doing the job you are unhappy with? Is it when you are 35
and you have dire needs for money and probably with a family to cater
for? With two boys and a girl to pay fees for?
NOW IS THE TIME TO DO WHAT YOU LOVE.
This is buttressed in one of the best responses to the question on Quora below:
Your question is the problem. Stop making big decisions and focus on closing the gap with where you want to be.
A successful life is not made of easy, clean cut choices. It looks like this:
Sadly, far too many look like this:
I know this sounds obvious, but consider. Have you ever seen a guy
desperately enamoured with a girl, but he can't bear to talk to her? Or
someone who wants to get fit, but they won't step in a gym? How about
someone who wants better career options but stays exactly where they
You always need to be closing the gap.
this a big scary decision and start taking lots of continuous small
steps. Take something you love doing - or if you're not sure what that
is, something you'd like to try. And move towards it now.
In your case, you don't have to choose between a well-paid job you don't like and the unknown. You have countless other options:
steps will lead to greater things. Others will be dead ends. But as
long as you sit feeling paralysed, I can assure you nothing will change
- Start up a small business in your evenings
- Ask your boss what you could do for them to get promoted
- Teach yourself a new skill that interests you
- Write a blog or a book
Do not, and I shall repeat for emphasis, do not defer this until a "better time". If you make a habit of that, you'll wake up one idle Monday and wonder how you let your whole life fly away.