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Income Does Not Produce Career Fulfillment

By Erik Folgate

One of the biggest decisions we make in life is the work we engage in on an every day basis. You may be in a job that you hate right now, or you may be loving what you do right now. The fact is that our career may change over our lifetime, but our passions and desires never change. The hard part is finding work that lines up with our passions and desires. College students and recent graduates make the huge mistake of starting a career based on the income. Our parents, friends, and the media tell us to go for the money, even if the work is boring or lacks meaning in our life. In the Bible, Ecclesiastes 5:10 says:

” Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.”

Once we get in the habit of loving money over everything else in our life, we start to realize the other areas of our life that begin to fail. Constantly pursuing money without pursuing your passions leads to a downward spiral of more shallow relationships, less physical health, and less mental stability. In reality, a large salary plays much less of a role in how we feel about our job than we may think.

I believe that anyone who is working in a field that they are passionate about will always make more money in the long run over someone who hates their job but does it because the money is good. Loving the work you do every day produces more creativity, motivation, and will to succeed and become more of an expert in your field of study or vocation. Ask yourself these questions today:

  1. Did you pick your current job only for the money?
  2. Do you find yourself waking up every day dreading the drive to work?
  3. Are you making your income goals? If so, are your relationships, physical health, and mental health deteriorating because of it?
  4. Can you see yourself in the same line of work 10 years from now?


I’d like to hear your thoughts about the love of money and how it affects our career choices. Tell me what you have found since you dove into the working world about careers that give meaning to your life. Are you searching for a career with meaning? Write your thoughts in the comments section.

Erik Folgate
Erik and his wife, Lindzee, live in Orlando, Florida with a baby boy on the way. Erik works as an account manager for a marketing company, and considers counseling friends, family and the readers of Money Crashers his personal ministry to others. Erik became passionate about personal finance and helping others make wise financial decisions after racking up over $20k in credit card and student loan debt within the first two years of college.

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  • Jacquelyn Hart-McCoy

    We know this all too well. There were lots of things Shawn could have done besides being a Firefighter Paramedic but when I asked him what he was most passionate about that was it. I know we will never be rich or anything with him as a civil servant but he loves his Job and it makes a world of difference.

    As for me, I am thinking about going back to school to pursue a masters in finance. I like my job now but know I am more passionate about helping others manage money.

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