You’re going to pay me?!

You’ve heard people say they love their jobs so much they can’t believe they get paid to do it. If you are fortunate enough to be one of those people –as I am– you understand. If not, it just sounds like bullshit. But here’s what I’m wondering… does enjoying your work to that degree change how you feel about money? I can’t remember ever saying to myself, “Hey, I worked too damned hard for that money to (fill in the blank).” I mean, if the money is less important than the satisfaction you get from the job, it’s just less…valuable. For a few weeks one college summer I worked on the assembly line of an auto plant in St. Louis. I think 62 cars an hour passed my station. Would I do that job for 5 years at $100K per? I don’t think so. There’d have to be child that needed an operation or something. I’m not really going anywhere with this. For me, it wouldn’t be enough to just “not hate” my job. If –like me– you love what you do, all of this makes perfect sense. If not, well, I’m not going to tell you to find a job you love. You’ve got a million reasons why you can’t and I don’t have one why you can.

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