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  • Kegan English

Work Toward Experience, Not Money

Updated: Sep 22, 2022

So you want to work in the industry of your dreams? That's great! But don't make the mistake of thinking that money is the most important thing. You'll quickly burn out and could dislike your job if you're only working solely for money. Instead, focus on gaining experience. Experience will help you learn new skills and grow as a professional. It will also help you find better jobs in the future. Money will come eventually, but it's more important to focus on what you can get out of your career right now. So if you're starting, don't worry about money. Instead, focus on getting your foot in the door and gaining some valuable experience. You'll be glad you did.

Enjoy the Experience

Experience is undoubtedly essential in any field, but many people choose their careers based on salary. They think they will get by with whatever job, and as long as they make enough money, that is all that matters. However, this does not lead to a fulfilling or successful career. The key is to focus on getting experience rather than simply looking for jobs with the highest salary. Once you have some experience, you can advance your career and make more money. But you'll never get ahead if you're only focused on money. Take a look at most job postings, and you will see most employers require many types of experience. Not only are experiences great for your financial future but for yourself. The more experiences you have and the more challenges you face, the more capable, skilled, and confident you will become.

What's Your Value?

What are you worth? How replaceable are you? Are you a thought leader who is respected in your field? If these questions make you feel uneasy about your job or career, then chances are you've been missing opportunities to gain experience and build your value. Your true value is not based on how much you make a year but on the skills you have gained through your experiences.

Taking Chances

Every day you have opportunities to learn new skills, enhance existing ones or uncover your faults. Maybe you have an offer to move from the sales department to the marketing department. Sure, you feel more comfortable in sales and don't understand marketing, but this experience builds your value, expertise and can significantly increase your skill set. Maybe you have an offer to work directly for the CEO of a highly successful company; the only downside is your pay decreases by 20%. However, the lessons to be learned and the opportunities to be seized by such an offer will significantly outweigh the slight salary decrease. The critical thing to remember is you need to want to learn, want to better yourself, and want to take a chance. All the opportunities for new skills mean nothing if you do not embrace them and learn from your experiences.

In conclusion, don't choose your career based on salary. Instead, focus on getting experience and building your value. The more experience you have, the more successful you will be. And as you become more experienced, you will be able to command a higher salary, and build more confidence and purpose. So work toward experience, not money. It's a much better investment in your future!

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