5 Big Questions To Decide If It's The Right Job
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One of my readers asked me this question:
We all need to earn money--and most of us do it by taking up a job.
Here are 5 questions to ask yourself, before you decide if it is the job is right for you:
1. How does it make you feel?
What is your gut feel? I think most of us ignore our gut feel, because
we are swayed by the financial packages a company offers. Forget about
the money that it offers for a brief while. Does the work itself excite
2. Does the work align with what you value?
For example, you might want a job that has specific deadlines, and you might want to work in a group. Or you might want a lot of autonomy and flexibility. Different companies have different policies. Choose a company whose values match closely with yours.
3. Is the work challenging?
you get bored in a couple of months when the newness wears off? Does it
give you space to grow? If it doesn't you might feel demotivated.
4. Do you like the work atmosphere?
You will be spending many hours in
this company. Right now, most of us are working from home. But at some
point, there will come a time when you would have to go into the office
at least twice or thrice a week. Certain other companies might want you
to come in all 6 days of the week. Do you like the feel of the place?
Can you imagine yourself belonging here?
5. Does it align with your long term goals?
When I wanted to become a writer, I took up jobs in a newspaper and I wrote for magazines. Then I went on to write for anthologies, and then I wrote my book. Had I taken up a corporate job, it would have been far from my goal of becoming a novelist. Take up a job that aligns with your long term career goals.
There's one other thing to consider about the amount of money that you make in a job. Never take up a job solely because it pays well.
The thing about 'earning well' is that it is never enough. No matter how much you earn, the human mind is always such that you quickly get used to the comforts and luxuries, and your mind tricks you into looking for the 'next big thing'. The consumerist society we live in, doesn't help.
If you live in a 3 bed room apartment, you are looking at the time when you can afford to buy a row house. If you live in a row house, you crave for a villa. If you live in a villa, you are looking at the next new project which offers even more amenities and luxuries.
I've writen about this in detail in my non-fiction self help book The Magic Mindset.
Do read the book (highlighted word is a link) if you haven't yet read it. It has an entire section on money and finances.
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See you again tomorrow, at the same time.