“For the rose, there comes a day when the risk to remain in the bud is more painful than the risk to bloom.” :Anaïs Nin
Over drinks a few weeks ago, a good friend of mine, who has a high-paying job, wanted me and another friend to know an opening had emerged at his company. It wasn’t glamorous. But even at entry-level, it offered a salary high above what either of us currently makes.
While it was certainly something to consider, I didn’t consider it for long. I absolutely love what I do, and although I would like to be paid more, I wouldn’t trade the opportunity to do this work for just about any other. I was a paycheck player once, a few years ago, putting good-sized checks in the bank doing a job I had zero passion for. It is no coincidence that was also the time of my greatest depression. That was a turning point for me. The work I do now I would do for free, and at present, that is worth more than any paycheck. This is me every day:
Annoying, I know. But even as I was tossing the idea aside, my other friend said something that startled me. “I would quit my job yesterday.”
“Really?” we both asked. He went on. “I used to have a policy that when I was stressed enough at work to dream about it that night, I would take the next day off… that policy was no longer possible when I was dreaming about work 3 nights a week.”
The next time we saw the friend who had told us about the job, he had gone so far as to print out a job description, assuring my unfulfilled and underpaid friend that this new job would be a lock if he came in for the interview. He said, “You’ll be studying a lot the first few months, but you’ll get the hang of it. And then it’ll be cake.”
My friend seemed like he was going to do it. I was pretty psyched for him. I knew that it was only the slimmest of chances that even caused them to meet in the first place, and now something potentially life-changing was coming from it. A promotion on a level he could never get from his current employer.
I asked my buddy about it the other day, when it was just the two of us. I was surprised by what he said… Read more