The Best Thing I’ve Done for My Career Is To Stop Chasing Money


For many of my 32 years as a software development professional, I was going about it all wrong.

An increase in compensation only provides a temporary fix.

Eventually, changing jobs solely for reasons of financial gain started to lose its luster. Don’t get me wrong — it was a fun ride for a while. It was quite exciting and felt great to be in demand and sought after.

Working for a living became exactly that to me. My shift in thinking and priorities changed from “live to work” to “work to live”.

Finding a balance between work and home helps you provide more value at work.

When work-life balance became more important, I began to seek ways to be fulfilled more at work and at home.

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

In the spirit of shifting my focus, I began to put more effort into my home life by going on individual dates with my kids and more date nights with my wife. Getting to really know each member of my family on an individual basis created such a great bond that I still enjoy many years later.

Change your focus to adding value, and the money will find you.

Once I changed my focus away from solely chasing after money, I found more meaning in my role as a technologist, husband, father, and grandfather.

Develop an unwavering work ethic in all that you do, and you will achieve success beyond your wildest dreams.

Everyone has customers at their places of employment. Whether they are internal or external to the company — make serving them a delight, and that shall be your reward.

Final thoughts.

Focusing on money provides you the temporary job satisfaction that doesn’t last. If that’s the only reason why you’re working at a company, it’s time for some soul searching to find a long-term focus. You will discover purpose and other motivating factors that stand the test of time.

“Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end.“

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