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How Much Does Your Job Cost?

there's more to life than your work
❝There is nothing wrong with loving your work and wanting to apply yourself to it. But there is so much more to life.❞ -Bronnie Ware

I feel pretty good as I move into my new office. I accepted a director-level job at a financial planning firm that comes with a good salary, opportunities to expand my network, and a potential for an ownership stake in the firm. As I'm unpacking, I pause to reflect on how far I've come.

In college, I happened upon a book about different careers in finance. One that spoke to me was a portfolio manager, though I had never heard of that. I was drawn to this because of all the jobs in the book, it had the highest salary expectation. So I set out to become a portfolio manager and pursued a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter.

Since earning the CFA charter, I went on to earn many other professional designations. I started out in the investment industry doing what we called "gopher work," eventually working up to Vice President. Now, I find myself in this fancy new role.

I should be happy.

My life right now is the opposite of my upbringing. I don't have to worry about money, I'm not behind on my bills, and I can afford anything I want.