How Much Is Too Much? The Minimalist Career

At the current state I am in my life I live comfortably. Drive a nice car, live in a nice house, have a good job, eat good food and have good relationships.

What am I worried about?

Why is 43% of the work force unhappy? And why am I letting their unhappiness get to me?

So what if I’m not making $90,000 a year? I’d like to introduce the concept of Career Minimalism. What is minimalism, you ask? Take Leo Babauta’s definition.

“It’s a way to escape the excesses of the world around us — the excesses of consumerism, material possessions, clutter, having too much to do, too much debt, too many distractions, too much noise. But too little meaning. Minimalism is a way of eschewing the non-essential in order to focus on what’s truly important, what gives our lives meaning, what gives us joy and value.”

Career Minimalists Unite

Those who plan to stay in their jobs despite their unrest will do so because of a best friend at work, a good paycheck, or an easy commute.

It’s rather telling that none of these factors have anything to do with the work itself. Do you fall into this category?

Don’t be afraid to start expecting more out of your career by expecting less.

After all, you put your entire life into it.

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