- 6 years ago
- Wedding: February 2012
I need to vent.
Today we had a meeting where my boss asked us that pivotal “where do you want to be in 5 yrs?” question, and the goal was that he wants us to be where he is, in a management position. Then he started talking about how we need to do whatever we have to in order to make our money. He literally told us, “no matter what issues you have, putting that money in your pocket will make it better. It has for me” And this was right after he was telling us about his last divorce, how he and his current girlfriend still have problems they worked through starting at 4:30 am today, and how he doesn’t like her calling him at work but if she does, he just wants her to spit it out, find a solution, and move on. That he works hard late at night, not because it’s fun, but because he has to.
I didn’t say anything out loud but I was thinking “I’d rather be where I am right now at $10.00 an hour than be where you are.” I don’t want to cause problems in my marriage because I always have work to do. I don’t want to constantly have to worry about how to make the company more money. I don’t agree that money will make my issues better because it seems that the process of getting said money is the cause of most of the issues. My boss told the mother of our group “Wouldn’t you like to tell your child ‘oh, you want that? well look, I have the money to get it for you'” and all I thought was “but what if what they want is their mom to pay attention to them?”
Don’t get me wrong, I like where my job is heading and I think I’m going to have a lot of growth here, but I refuse to climb so high that it becomes something gained at my family’s expense.
I can’t really say it out loud because people seem to associate it with being lazy and unmotivated but my career goal is not to climb the ladder of financial success, my career goal is to work so that I can be happy. That’s it. And if I’m happy in a low-paying job, I’ll gladly do it for the rest of my life.