Earnings vs Satisfaction – Which Is More Important?

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Lots of people wonder whether they should accept a job they will hate because it pays good money. Hopefully, the information on this page will help readers to work out whether or not that is the best idea. Sometimes satisfaction is more desirable than financial reward. However, you need to strike a balance in most instances.

The benefits of satisfying jobs

Just take a moment to think about all the benefits you would expect to encounter with a role that offers maximum job satisfaction. You would:

Feel excited about getting out of bed in the morning
Feel like you have a real purpose in the world
Feel proud of your daily work and achievements
Feel content in your current position

The benefits of well-paid jobs

There are also many benefits people encounter when they select a well-paid job that maybe doesn’t offer much satisfaction. They include:

Having a healthy bank balance
Improving your quality of life
Affording more leisure time
Enjoying better holidays

So, how do you choose between the two? Well, in most instances, you should avoid making that decision at all costs. Rather than ruling out satisfaction in favour of cash; it’s sensible to find a job that offers a reasonable level of both.

However, people who suffer low moods and mental health issues like depression should always leave the money on the table in favour of a role that makes them feel fulfilled every single day. That means the answer to the question posed in the title of this post is “they are both equally important, but the best choice depends on your mindset and circumstances.


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