Monday, June 21, 2010

It’s not always about the money …

“Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.” - Benjamin Franklin quotes

Money. Money. Money.

It’s like crack. People want it. They are addicted to it. They rule their life by it.

Too bad. Because – at the end of the day, it is not all about the money. Problem is people get so wrapped up in their “life stuff”, they can’t see this.

It is so true in issues of career and work. Many evaluate their worth on total of their paycheck. They overlook the value they deliver to the community, to the region and especially to themselves. I meet many who just can’t get their career act together, or miss opportunities or “chase” a job because they are so focused on the money side.

I am not a Pollyanna. I know that money has an important place in life, but I have learned – and learned from my clients – that is not the end all. In fact, when you look at why people leave jobs, money is not the top reason – lack of growth is (see the survey conducted by Next-Act for WRGB CBS6 and CRHRA: But it is the thing that seems to be the go-no go in making a decision to take a new job or pursue a new career.

I ask that you also pose these questions to yourself when making an evaluation of this type:

• I know my values. Does this opportunity align to my values?

• I know the culture of a company I want to work in. Does this opportunity present a culture I will excel in?

• I know what I will make and that is good. In 30 days, when I get into the job, will I still feel the same way?

• I have heard the details. Does it sound too good to be true?

• I think I will fit the job. Am I sure I will? – The most important question!

Five powerful questions that you need to be bluntly honest in answering. This will help you make the best decision for your job or new career.

Oh yea, ask yourself the money question too: Am I getting paid for what I am worth and will I feel the same in 30 days?

Do what you love. The money will follow. Believe me.

And thank you for reading this. – Dan

Dan Moran
President & Founder
Career Management & Transition Specialists
125 Wolf Road, Suite #128
Albany, NY 12205
Office: 518-261-4212
Cell: 518-641-8968
eFax: 586-279-4212

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