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Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems

For some people, the answer to “What do you want out of a career?” is “I want to make money,” and I get that. However, the notion of being “rich” is a little bit like the notion of Prince Charming — it’s never as easy as you think it will be.

Nobody is crying for me financially right now, and it’s true that it’s a huge relief not to worry about meeting basic living expenses anymore. However, having more money costs more money, and the more you have, the more you’re going to spend. I have a lot more expenses than I ever had before, and suddenly, unlike when I had less money, things like gambling or shopping for no reason seem frivolous and irresponsible to me. I have to pay for multiple employees, both on staff and contracted. I’ve got accounting fees, management fees, legal fees, tax expenses, the many seemingly unending costs of running multiple businesses, and personal expenses, too.

Now that I have more money, I also want to use money to help other people. It’s all a lot of responsibility and it’s a lot more complex than it was in my cocktail-waitressing days. I still have to hustle sometimes when a big expense is coming, but most of all, I have a lot more worries about handling my money the right way. There is a high price tag to running a lucrative business, and although most people say they wish they had more money, some people ultimately realize they really don’t want that kind of stress and constant pressure to keep an eye on everything. It’s my personality to do that anyway, but it’s not for everyone. Some people realize they just want to make enough to be comfortable. Add that into your equation as you think about where you want to go.

Honestly, I think finding a job you are really passionate about is a lot more important than choosing a career path only based on how much money you will make. If your job fires you up because you love it, you’ll be more likely to be successful at it anyway.