love or money

Linkedin I have found LinkedIn to be a great professional tool for both reconnecting to old friends and colleagues and utilizing those connections for networking. 

One of the features I enjoy is the Q&A.  Sometimes the Q&A is self-serving but often it seems that folks are simply trying to find solutions to their professional challenges.

I recently responded to a question that I think is appropriate for you so I decided to post it here for your benefit as well.

The question basically asked if one had a choice between working at a job you love versus working at one one that paid twice as much money, what would you choose?

My response:

I just had a client that made this very decision yesterday. Her choice? The job she loved.

As a coach, I would tell you that this question may seem pretty cut and dried to many folks. If you're a free spirit type, the answer may be go for the job you love. If you're a corporate type or driven by higher pay or title, you may say go for the money. Quite frankly, it may also boil down to what your bills look like! The thing is, there isn't a wrong answer.

The question in my mind is – what is your strategy? All too often I see people who choose one answer or the other just for the sake of either fun or money with no real career strategy. Consider the company, your colleagues and most of all, your career objectives.

Sometimes, it may be the right career strategy to choose a company or environment that is less desirable if, in the long run, it will give you the experience that takes you closer to your long-term goal. Same holds true for less paying jobs that are more fun. My client made the choice because the lower paying position puts her in an industry she has always wanted to be in and gives her the opportunity to play a bigger game where her career is concerned.

Choices like these are not always easy. You have to have some idea of what you want your career to look like down the road and make the sometimes difficult choices that are going to get you there.

What do you think?  Would you choose love or would you choose money?

You were born to be great.

YES, you can!

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