Three days ago, I got a call telling me I’ve been selected for a position with our national carrier. I should have been jumping up and down in glee – what with the 1 free ticket per year (to ANYWHERE I’d like), discounted travel all year round, 20 days of annual leave, etc etc. I had gotten through 2 gruelling rounds of interviews which included essay tests, GMAT tests (tore my hair out doing the Math questions WITHOUT the help of calculators) and interviews with a total of 4 people.
I declined the offer as the salary wasn’t attractive enough. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. After the 114K, what kind of salary (except for a CEO’s pay) would be enough?
The truth of the matter is, the job entails 8.30am-5.30pm working hours, and having to deal with not-too-pleased customers. Sounds set to make me seriously miserable. Hence, the pay didn’t quite make up for it.
Someone close said “If you’re going to be miserable, you might as well be paid more for it.”
Met up with a friend a day after that and he shared some nuggets of wisdom with me with regard to Money.
He could empathise with what I felt about the salary offered. He said that he wouldn’t settle for a “meagre salary” too because he feels he is cut out for greater stuff. Often, employees fulfill their responsibilities to their boss and company and make the boss happy. But how many times do we make OURSELVES happy?
The key is to find a fulfilling purpose and get paid to do it.
I was curious when he mentioned being happy with less money. He shared that we have to know why we are on this earth. We are all here for a reason. Do you know what yours is?
Do you merely exist or do you LIVE your life?
How does one live with PURPOSE? Something I’ve been thinking about. Share with me your thoughts by commenting below or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.