Ever since I completed my first semester of college, I considered myself an achiever. After nearly failing my first round of college exams due to culture shock, I was able to rebound and make it on the Dean’s List. I was able to convince myself that through hard work, I could compete with some of my highest performing peers. This thought process continued throughout college and into my first job. I have always had a clear path that would allow me to get that coveted “good first job”. Once I joined the workforce, I had the same mentality which allowed me to get promoted to a senior engineer in less than three years. Now that I am settled in my career, that path does not seem as clear.
While I still fully believe that hard work is a necessity to achieving, I am now realizing that hard work needs to be guided in the right direction. This newly internal debate comes from shifting goals and priorities. While I like my job, my goals have shifted from – “I need to get the best job” to “I want to achieve financial independence, or what else am I working for, right?” [Continue reading] about Putting in Extra Time at a Salary Job or Starting a Side Hustle