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When it comes to career success, there’s no denying that money matters. Sure, I’m all about creating career “nourishment” and finding meaningful work that enriches your life. But hey, work is work. We’re here to do a job and in exchange for that, we earn a paycheck.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs dictates that you can’t reach self-actualization (at the top of the pyramid) until your basic needs (at the bottom) are taken care of.
Similarly, in my Hierarchy of Career Needs (below), financial requirements are at the very bottom. Money is a foundational, physical need. If your career doesn’t provide for your basic financial survival, the higher-level concepts of satisfaction and nourishment are essentially worthless. [Read more…]