Your Job

You probably find it amazing that a web site on getting rich can wait so long before getting around to the workplace. Isn't the job where the money originates? How can it be so unimportant?

Of course your job is important. For most of us, it is our only source of income. But a high paying job is more a consequence of the choices you make in college than anywhere else. This is discussed in The Pros and Cons of College.

There are still things you can do to make the most of your career. If you take the attitude that there is nothing you can do to improve your salary, then you are on a tenure track to the journeyman level and no higher. Instead, take a professional attitude. Care about the quality of your work. Get emotionally involved with the outcome of your work effort, just as you would a sports team. Come home from work fatigued. This will make you better than almost everyone else.

How much time should you devote to your job? Some people put in 80 hours a week. Are they really producing twice as much work as they would if they only work 40 hours a week? Will they get twice as much money each week? Most probably not. They have reached the point of diminishing returns. This is especially true if they have no time to pursue the other goals discussed in this web site. It is even worse if they become workaholics. Conclusion: Work as long as you think is wise and can enjoy it. If you work only 40 hours, fine, but make them your best 40 hours.


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