Over the years I have had an on-again, off-again relationship with my W-2 job. We started out hot and heavy after college and then, out of nowhere, our relationship cooled. Then, after a few years of working on our relationship, we found our groove. That groove is the appreciation I have for the existence of our current union. Ideally, I want to be able to walk away from my W-2 job at the drop of a hat. Realistically, I’m not there yet. In light of falling short of my ultimate goal, I am aware of the luxury my W-2 job affords me. Literally. With that, I felt it would be beneficial to let my readers in on a little known fact, I actually love my W-2 job. I’d like to tell you why I love my W-2 job and why you should love yours too. Ready? Let’s go!
Why I Love My W-2 Job
Years of self-analysis has led me to realize that I actually love my W-2 job. It’s also a much bigger part of my personal identity than I originally thought. When I think about the day-to-day activities of my job, I realize that I do get satisfaction out of completing these tasks. I also realize that I was once passionate enough about this type of work that I majored in it! Not only did I major in it, I took out some hefty (to me) loans to pay for it.
As time passes and things become more and more routine in our lives, we tend to forget the satisfaction and joy we once experienced. This happens with nearly everything, from relationships to careers.
Sadly, we don’t remember how excited we were to finally walk across that stage during college graduation and receive our diplomas. We forget the feeling of euphoria we felt when we landed our first REAL job offer with a REAL salary attached to it.
Reflection can be a beautiful thing. Yes, we are still pursuing the goal of early retirement – or in our case, the option of early retirement. My co-workers are well aware of our goals and plans for achievement. They’re also well aware that on an almost daily basis I say, “I couldn’t leave all this.” They laugh and roll their eyes. But I’m actually telling the truth. I really do enjoy being there with them and doing the work. After all, I studied for years to have the privilege of doing that work. And at the end of the day, it’s satisfying.
Why You Should Love Your W-2 Job
The reasons you should love your W-2 job are pretty much the same reasons why I love mine. Think about it, at one point you were gung-ho about getting your degree and job. And, I’m willing to bet that your W-2 job is affording you the opportunity to chart a path towards financial independence. Unless you’re fortunate enough to have some rich relative that’s going to leave you millions when he or she checks out, investing your way to an early retirement is your only option.
Still not convinced of the love affair you should be having with your W-2 job? Let me ask you a few questions.
- Is your W-2 causing you extreme stress?
- Do you regret the decision of accepting your job on a daily basis?
- Are you being fairly compensated for your work?
- Are there benefits of your job that you enjoy?
- Does your current employer offer continuing education?
- Is health coverage and retirement savings part of the package?
- Does your W-2 job enable you to pay for a roof over your head and food for your tummy?
If your the responses to these questions are moderate and don’t cause you to curl up into a ball and rock back and forth in a corner, you, too, should love your W-2 job.
What If You Don’t Love Your W-2 Job?
It’s true, sometimes we fall out of love. This goes for people and for jobs. If you fall into this camp, and you’re not in a financial position to call it quits just yet, you’ll want to consider switching jobs or even careers.
Of course, I never advocate leaving a job until you have found another one. This is especially true if you are not yet financially independent. So just in case you are in this situation, the only advice I have to give you is to grin and bear it. I know it’s an old idiom your grandparents used to use, but it still applies. Stop being a baby and acting like you’re entitled to be happy in every single facet of your life. Sometimes life doesn’t work out that way. And when it doesn’t, it’s up to you to make changes. No biggie. Just do it.
In the meantime, be thankful you have A Job that is paying you actual money that you can use to cash flow your lifestyle and savings rate.
Assuming you’re still working for The Man (or Woman :), how do you feel about it? Do you love your job? Or, do you despise every minute you have to spend in W-2 prison?
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