Which job makes more money? Which job always pays the best? Which is easier to be promoted to?
It’s the sort of question that most anyone would be happy to get a straight answer to, except that we are told there’s an objective answer, which is the most money, or the one with the best salary. And most of the time we don’t. You know that if you’re thinking about your next career and you’ve got a good candidate, they’ll never even give you an opportunity.
It’s all about the money. It’s about the money. It’s all about the money.
Why do economists and business people make this mistake? We tend to rely on anecdotal evidence when we talk about people making money – people like those who make a billion dollars a year. “Oh well, that was someone who had their choice of a career. They made it. They’re rich, they’re happy. They’re earning a million per year.” But you don’t always know if that’s the case. How often has somebody been making six figures but only seeing their first paycheck in five years?
Even if you do know you’ve got the right person and you have enough money to sustain a lifestyle, sometimes you’ll miss the opportunity. That could happen to anyone. That could happen to any one of us, and that’s the problem.
My question to the audience last night at TED was, if we were so wealthy, why don’t we spend it all on things that are fun? We don’t. Why is that? What’s wrong with us? What’s wrong with us? What is wrong with us? It’s time to start taking that money we make and give it back. Because it’s all about the money. It’s about the money. It’s about the money. It’s about the money.
The problem is that most of us feel more pressure now than ever to work hard, but we don’t believe working hard is anything more than a short-term diversion. It’s not. It’s the best job we could possibly imagine.
Working hard now would be nice, but wouldn’t make us any happier. I’ve often thought our biggest struggle is how to convince ourselves that working hard is what’s necessary to be a fulfilled person.
We all struggle with this. We all struggle with whether we’re doing enough, whether we’re not happy enough, whether we’re too old to do something we want to do and it hasn’t