Money vs. Happiness…or Both?


From what I have learned of the world since I graduated 3.5 years ago, most people seem to exist with a permanent question mark over their heads. Do I get a job that pays me really well which I might not like or do I get one I know I will like but which will never earn me great money?

Most people don’t know the answer so they choose one side of the fence and then continually wonder if the grass is greener on the other side. Don’t get me wrong though, there are a lucky few who get it just right (my sister is one) and they do something they enjoy which actually has pretty good earning potential as well. Some of us however, veer way off course and end up in a job which we only partially enjoy and which pays ok…total indecisive middle ground! This is me!

To my mind, the middle ground is the safe bet, the place you go when you are too scared to leap over the fence so you sit on it. But, my question is, how do you know which way to leap? Will you really be happier if you constantly have no money but do a job you enjoy or will you actually be happier if you dislike your work but earn loads so therefore do everything you could ever dream of outside of work?

I’m not sure I will ever find the answer to this question but I sure would like to. I guess at some point I’m just going to have to take a leap of faith one way or the other. What do you guys think and which side of the fence do you sit on?

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3 thoughts on “Money vs. Happiness…or Both?

  1. Earning big bucks might involve all work and no time to play. Company loyalty might be seen as the be & end all’ but as you go through life, nothing is certain (except death)and that’s when you find out you are as disposable as the next employee. A balaced work /home life makes for a less stressful time and happy personal relationships.

  2. The trick is in the balance, but the balance that is ‘right’ is different for everyone. I don’t think there’s a right answer. Try each side of the fence, then you’ll know what you like!

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