Would you tell me which way I ought to go from here?”asked Alice.
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get,” said the Cat.
“I really don’t care where” replied Alice.
“Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
8211; Quote from the Alice in Wonderland Movie
My brother called me the other day and asked me for some advice? He was trying to decidebetween two job offers:
Job 1 –The first job was your typical 40 hour a week “office” job.
Job 2 –The second job was more of a career in the insurance industry, where he would startat the bottom, and after many years and many long hours eventually rise to the top (if he wasgood). The second job did not pay as well as the first job (initially), but the potential pay-off of thesecond job was much greater than the first job.
So which job should my brother take? Well the answer is…it depends.
Just like the Cat was trying to tell Alice, which road you take depends a great deal on whereyou want to end up.
Begin with the End in Mind
I asked my brother what was his life’s purpose. He said his purpose is to “teach,” but hewants to make a lot of money first.
I told my brother to forget about the money, and I advised him to focus on his purpose.
I then asked him which job best supports his end result of “teaching.” He said the first jobbest supports his goal because he would only have to work 40 hours a week, which would givehim spare time to teach.
He continued on to say, but if I take job number two, I can work hard and make moremoney, then I can retire early and “teach” later in life. I again advised him to “focus” on hispurpose, not money.
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I cautioned him to think this process through carefully because things don’t end wrong, theybegin wrong!