Working only for money is not something that can make you happy. This can be a difficult realization to come to. Money is what many people work for and get up in the morning for. It is one of the few things that you can use to measure your worth and value in society. But what if your main source of income or job is very demanding, not easy to maintain and not making you happy ?
Money can only make us happy to some extent; at least when it’s not a passive source of income and we have to do hard work to obtain it. It may seem like a no-brainer for example to become a doctor, as long as you’re willing to study and do all of the hard work you need to do to get there. However, if this is not something you enjoy doing on a daily basis then you may find out that you’re not happy despite having a very good paying job.
The Problem with only Working for Money is that we can start Feeling Hollow from the inside and like robots that go to work to do technical work with no passion.
When does working only for money starts becoming an issue:
The notion of earning money without feeling fulfilled by your way of earning it, become a problem when you achieve all that you want and reach a specific lifestyle only to realise you have to keep doing something you don’t like just to maintain it all. At that point whatever your means would’ve done for you may not be a good consolation from how much work you need to put in to maintain or thrive in your professional career.
Most people find themselves satisfied at first, if they earn more than their peers but they will still feel empty on the inside in the long run. That’s only if they’re doing a job that they do not like or appreciate.
The problem with working only for money is that one becomes too focused on the financial aspect of things. This way they can lose touch with their personal values, preferences in life and what they truly enjoy doing, which leads to feeling of loneliness and sadness.
The most common example of this is when someone works in a job that they hate, but just doesn’t have the opportunity to find something else that pays better. This person will feel horrible every day of their life and especially at work or when going to work.
It’s human nature to always want more and not be satisfied with what we have achieved. But, even if we are satisfied with the monetary aspect of things, we may still feel sad about having to do something we don’t enjoy.
Many people are starting to question if our society has become too materialistic, where we focus on what we own rather than who we are as people. And, this is what poses a problem later in life when our financial needs and dreams are all met but we still find ourselves trapped in a career that’s not up to our liking.
Testimony of an unhappy high-earning lawyer:
This below are the words of a lawyer that found sadness and desperation in having a career that guarantees a good income but makes him unhappy, nonetheless:
When I said that I wanted to leave my job as a lawyer, my friends thought it was crazy. They told me that I would never know what life was like outside of the law profession. “You would have no money, no shelter, and no way to provide for yourself”.
But because of the economic downturn in 2008-2009 and how classism has become more prevalent in society over the past few decades, they were not entirely wrong. The truth is that the average person is stuck working at a job they hate with little hope of moving forward and finding anything better than what they have now.
I am one of those people who are unhappy with their high earning jobs and just want out. But how do you transition into something else without having any other valuable skills to make a similar income doing something else.
Possible reasons for hating a high earning job:
The job of doctors, lawyers, and other high earning jobs can often become less than desirable due to the level of pressure these professions carry.
A lot of people would be unhappy with a high earning job because it’s not what they wish to do. Some could feel like they are not challenged enough, some could feel like their work is not as meaningful as it could have been, some may just be too disengaged. For this reason it is important that you pick a career path that matches your personality.
Other possible reasons for people to be unhappy with their high earning job include a workload that is too heavy and the demand for creativity, amongst other things. Other reasons why people feel unhappy with their jobs, could be things like feeling controlled, not being able to take risks, and not having enough autonomy.
The problem with high earning jobs is that it’s hard to leave and find something we’re passionate about and that’s because of the monetary incentive. With normal or other jobs, it is a lot easier to leave as finding something we love doing could pay the same or even better.
However, when the pay is already at its highest and we have done many years of studies for that career, then it becomes depressing and devastating to figure out that we hate turning up to our workplace everyday. And to realiser that leaving could mean an a lot lower salary when we already spent many years to gain the skills for that profession and feel we deserve a good financial gratification.
What to do when you hate your high-paying job:
People who are unhappy with their high earning jobs are often reluctant to leave them like explained earlier. But they can find happiness in a low-paying job that is more satisfying and fulfilling.
Some people find happiness in low-paying jobs as they can focus on their natural skillsets and passion rather than the money. When you’re highly dissatisfied with your job, be realistic about your options and make a decision. The right choice will be the one that fits both your personality and your long-term goals.
You will have to decide sooner or later whether to stay in your high-paying job and bite the bullet or leave. Also in case you stay, you should be able to find the positives about that job and focus on them rather than being sad about it for the rest of your life.
On the other hand, if you know that you’ll suffer if you stay and that your mental health and wellbeing in the long run matter more than money, then you should be able to take the decision to leave. However in this case, you should never look back or have any regrets about having left your high-paying job when times get hard or your finances suffer.
It’s all about how you go about your decision in the long run and whether or not you regret it, so make sure you make the right choice.
When you find a high-paying job that’s not fulfilling and you don’t know how to leave, you may be feeling pretty unhappy. The key to feeling better is knowing how to navigate your way out of the situation.
When it comes to job satisfaction and happiness, the best thing you can do is to quit your job and go back to school.
When it comes to quitting your job, it’s important that you make sure that there are no financial commitments or life-changing decisions involved so that your emotions don’t go through the ceiling and your mental health doesn’t suffer.