posted on Jun, 17 2013 @ 03:06 PM
reply to post by Taupin Desciple
The pay versus cost analysis is one piece of the puzzle, but being that it's financial, it's the most important piece.
Financial is important, but I will disagree that it is the most important piece of the puzzle.
I have held quite a few different jobs in my lifetime, and I can tell you that the better paying jobs were not the best. I remember one (which I will
not name) that paid wonderfully with plenty of benefits, but every morning I woke up wishing I had broken a bone during the night so I would have an
excuse to not go in. I have had some that paid only so-so, but I couldn't wait to get there in the morning. I think we do ourselves a disservice when
we try to boil everything down to dollars.
The first and most important thing to consider when searching for a career is to sit down and honestly answer this one question: what worthwhile
activity would I do if I wasn't getting paid to do it? Whatever that is, you will be the happiest and at your best when that is what you do. And
later in life, when you realize that you have never heard anyone on their deathbed say "I wish I had made more money," but you have heard plenty of
them say "I wish I had done the thing I love to do more," you'll realize what money really means and be happy about your choice.
As an example: I could have easily have been a doctor, but I would be miserable, totally miserable, dealing with sickness and diseases which I am
powerless to fix day after day. As an designer, I was happy, because I was doing what I wanted to do. As an engineer (which I am pursuing now), I will
be even happier.
As a doctor I could make more money, sure. But money doesn't buy happiness.