Navigating Change, Shifting Perspectives, Exploring Freedom, Maintaining Balance
What’s the relationship between money, a job, and a career? The simple answer is that a job or career is work that provides development of skills, opportunities for growth, a platform for collaboration, income, security, and fulfillment. Oversimplification by collapsing the three into one association where we perceive our job to equal our career which equals our source of money can birth the belief that we must stay in a certain job to make money. The below video paints a valid picture:
Digging deeper, let’s break down job, career, and money to examine how these aspects relate but are different. For each area I associate the following descriptions, associations, implications, and keywords:
Job: work, money, teamwork, connection, interaction, collaboration, choice, freedom, knowledge, experience, opportunity, leadership, charisma, power, empowerment
Career: mastery, longevity, experience, wisdom, knowledge, fulfillment, satisfaction, completion, full cycle, growth, building, evolution, promotion, transformation, power, empowerment, leadership
Money: currency, flow, in and out, exchange, energy, abundance, resources, freedom, experience, security, sharing, ability to help others, leverage, power
Specific for me:
Job: sales, marketing, business development, community building, event management, event planning, consulting
Career: health, wellness, empowerment, pole
Money: navigate with intuition, plentiful, ebb and flow, resourceful
What are your personal associations with each word: job, career, and money? Try listing them out.
Jobs for me have followed this general trajectory: beginning - excitement, stimulation, eagerness to learn, middle - savviness, groove, mastery of work, end - feeling of completion and fulfillment.
At the junction of a complete role and a new role, feelings of stagnation arise especially if the transition between the two positions is long and slow. Currently, I am in one of those cycles with Saturn and Pluto in second house Capricorn and Uranus in fifth house Taurus.
With time and space to reflect and plan, I analyzed the following:
Prior Method: Relying primarily on feeling and intuition to navigate, flowing to where I felt called with the mantra spend more, make more and if you have choice A and B, get both. The underlying energy was one of expansion and abundance.
Recognizing the need to change: Within the past year, it became apparent that my prior means and navigational methods called for an update.
New Method: One that encompasses the old but also adds structure, mechanics, slow, steady building and growth with the actions of budgeting, resourcefulness, and a keen sense of discernment where the answer is not always yes and more, but sometimes no.
Weaving elements of the prior method with new additions creates a balance between intuitive expansion and logical structure, a formula that reaps long term benefits.
Helpful realizations related to money:
When we equate a job with one source of income, we can feel stuck and tethered to that role. If we open to receiving money from seen and unseen places, realizing and recognizing that a job does not need to be our only source of income, we can embody expansion and liberation.
Self-Experimentation Highlights and Recognition:
Upon entering the workforce after college, I equated job with money and stability. However, within months of my first job, I desired freedom of time and money, and in my early 20s Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Work Week book inspired me to work as little as possible and have financial freedom to do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. This attitude prompted me to work with smaller and smaller companies until I eventually had the courage to go freelance and experience the four hour work week style.
However, what I realized is that without purpose, intention, and societal contribution, no matter how much money you make or how many beautiful places you visit, the exact same feeling of entrapment that arises when you are in a specific role for too long also occurs when you have unlimited freedom and lack of direction. This stuck, lost sense stems from lack of purpose despite how much or little money you have.
I believe the answers for foundational balance lie in maintaining multiple streams of financial income, experiencing collaboration, teamwork, structure, and purpose in work and mastering skills, expanding, and evolving in your career. In this light, here are my refined goals:
Job: growth and development of new skills, challenges to maximize potential, interaction with people, connecting community, collaboration and working with others, planning and organizing, space for expansion
Career: health, wellness, environment, human empowerment, fulfillment on all levels
Money: steady flow, abundance to spare and share, residual income, multiple sources
What are your visions for your job, career, and monetary income?