Extrinsic vs intrinsic fulfillment

I like money. From the time I was little, having money was a goal of mine. But not because I’m necessarily materialistic and crave the finest clothes and drink the finest wines or drive the finest cars…that stuff doesn’t interest me. I want the money because life’s adventures are expensive. There are things I want to do and experiences I want to have and differences I want to make and that takes money! The thing is though, is that I’m not willing to settle for “good enough” in my career just to accomplish that financial goal. I mean really, if I have ambitious travel goals and ambitious benevolency goals, why wouldn’t I accomplish those things using the spoils from my ambitious financial goals?

We had a conversation about something similar tonight – a friend who’s making lots of money and learning many things is not satisfied or fulfilled through his job. So what’s the pay-off? Stay with the job because it affords you the financial life you’ve become accustomed to but are too miserable to enjoy it? Not likely! If you’re going to be making the money, at least make it doing something you like and are passionate about so at the end of the day you’re still passionate enough about life to go out and live it.

Ha…look at me all up on my soapbox today! But it’s true…took me long enough but I made the move two months ago. Am I rolling in riches? Absolutely not. Do I plan to be? Absolutely. And clichéd as it is, this financial dip I’m in at the minute is definitely going to be worth the climb up the other side.

P.S. 3 of 365 – must keep track or I’ll lose count.

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6 responses to “Extrinsic vs intrinsic fulfillment

  1. Barbara Saunders

    It’s like the old saying, “It’s just as easy to fall in love with a rich man as a poor one.” For the modern era – making a lot of money may not be easy, but it’s no harder to make money doing what you love than doing what you hate.

    • Hi Barbara,

      Thanks for the comment – you’re totally right, the amount of effort required is almost more when you’re doing something you hate because its way more effort just to get up and do it, let alone be successful at it.

  2. The comment about the hard worker reminds me of ‘climbing the corporate ladder’ and finding it’s against the wrong wall.

    • Hey Mike, you’re totally right! Scary to think how many times I’ve climbed that ladder leading to the wrong destination…or maybe not the wrong wall, just the
      “not-right-for-me” wall.

  3. In my life, I’ve taken several very strategic giant steps back….although sometimes difficult, they have kept me true to myself, and have ALWAYS catapulted me forward. Kudos to you for listening to your heart and having the courage to go where it leads you! Much luck!

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