How important is job security to you? Are you worried about losing your job tomorrow?
I understand that anyone with a family, kids, a mortgage, car payments, or any other real responsibilities is obviously going to want job security. You want to know how much money you’re going to have coming in so that you can cover your current expenses and plan for the future. I totally understand that aspect of job security. Nobody wants to work in an industry with a high turnover rate when they have a family because they want to be able to put food on the table.
There’s one problem though. I want to ask you a simple question:
Do you care about job security too much?
I’ve recently encountered buddies that are far too concerned with job security. These are talented young people that could reach their goals if they worked for it Allow me to share a quick story.
At my part-time job, a friend of mine took a full-time position. His new position doesn’t fulfill him at all and he gets paid enough just to not quit. He’s never happy at work nor does he feel stimulated for one minute, yet he chose to accept a permanent position. Why did he do this? Because he feels that his job his stable and he wants job security. I think that he’s far too talented to be concerned about job security.
Should 25 year olds care about job security?
I don’t think so. At this age you have all of the energy in the world and you’re ready to grab a hold of life. Sure it helps to have a steady gig so that you can budget your money. I get that part. However, your only concern shouldn’t be money in your 20s. You could be apart of something remarkable or work on stuff that actually interests you. You can get that steady job in a few years. You don’t have to settle for the first secure gig that comes your way in your 20s.
When is job security important?
Should you quit your job, following your passions, and travel the world?
“Transferring your passion to your job is far easier than finding a job that happens to match your passion.” — Seth Godin
Not at all. As much as I praise the idea of “working for yourself/following your passions” or whatever else you want to call, I do realize that it’s not for everyone. I have buddies that are huge risk takers in real life, but don’t care for risks with their income. Not everyone is meant to be self-employed and traveling the world like Tim Ferriss. It’s cool to work for a small startup or to accept work in a field that has a high turnover rate. You don’t have to ditch job security for self-employment.
I recently brought up a challenge to make an additional $5,000 in freelance income this summer because I do believe that we all have the potential to make more money in our 20s. We just get too distracted with dating, media, and other useless crap. If we can filter out the useless stuff once in a while, we can make find time to work on cool stuff.
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