Smart-Money

Mar 14, 2015

I recently announced that I'd quit my job as an ERP consultant to follow my dream and become a full-time web developer. After word got around, some interesting conversations with my current colleagues ensued.<!--more-->

For me, quitting was the logical step since my employer's strategy no longer matched my personal goals. The majority of people I talked to actually congratulated me on my decision. Something I heard a lot was along the lines of "Great for you! I'd love to quit too, but I have a house to pay off / a family to support / can't find a better opportunity.".

While these may be valid reasons, I couldn't get rid of the feeling that they were often constructed excuses, something they told themselves to keep the little man in their head from going "What the hell are you doing with your life?".

I refuse to accept that you can't do your dream job and still make enough money to support the lifestyle you desire. Financial setbacks are sometimes part of the game. I believe, however, that when you follow your deepest passion, two things will happen:
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<li>You will work much harder and deliver much more than before. Financial success will follow.</li>
<li>Because you're doing something you actually care about (a lot!), this will not feel like work. It will feel like building your dream, each and every day.</li>
</ul>
Upon further asking, it often turned out that many of my colleagues hadn't even tried finding something new. They were perfectly happy being unhappy. One colleague, however, stood out. Here's what he said:
<blockquote>I don't care what my job is. As long as there's money in my account at the end of the month, they could send me to the basement and make me do filing all day for all I care.</blockquote>
Please note that this guy was in his mid-40s, so not even close to retirement. I don't know if this was his honest opinion or another excuse. What I do know, however, is this: When your salary becomes smart-money, it's high time to quit.