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One Job, Two Job. Red Job, Blue Job

Submitted by AshleyEllefson on February 26, 2010 – 12:07 pmComments

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Blue pill or the red pill

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Last night I spoke to one of my old college roommates and she commented on how strange it is how each of us seems to make a step toward what another roommate has recently stepped away from, deciding to take on a career that another has recently abandoned. For example: upon graduation I move to New Zealand at the same time that Roommate 1 starts her new corporate career. Roommate 2 joins a start-up tech company and lives with her parents while Roommate 3 waitresses and pursues acting. One year later Roommate 1 becomes fed up with the corporate world and quits, embarking on 8 months of what she deemed “funemployment” at the same time that Roommate 3 decides to accept a job at a corporate company. Flashforward to the present: Roommate 2 gets fed up with the slow start of the startup and joins the corporate workforce while Roommate 3 finds her role eliminated and makes a promise to herself to “do what she loves.”

Meanwhile, I’ve left New Zealand and have spent the past year looking for a job that I enjoy and not allowing myself to settle for anything less than exactly what I want. And what I’ve learned, is that it’s just not that easy to get exactly what you want.

This week, however, I was presented with a choice between two jobs – each offering an opposite half of exactly what I’ve been looking for. The first: financial security, 401K, savings plans galore, full medical and dental, but exactly zero room for creativity and growth. The second: risky start-up company, motivated and interesting staff, opportunity to travel, lots of room to be creative and grow my skills, but the pay barely surmounts to a survivable income – at least initially.

So what to do? It was my own Neo of the Matrix moment: take the blue job and you’ll go on living your life and be extremely wealthy and even content or take the red job and you’ll put yourself into a world that is uncertain and dynamic, exciting and has the potential to pay off big time or sink you further into debt.

I took the red job. My reasoning being that nothing ever comes from not taking a risk; the status quo is just that, the status quo, and I’ve invested too much energy over the past few years fighting that to give in now. And so, while Roommates 1 and 2 are beginning to make waves in the corporate workforce, I join Roommate 3 in the quest to do what I love.

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  • Ginger Blackstone

    Good for you! This always pays off in the end, both spiritually and financially (although the finances seem to take a little longer- that's what the spiritual fulfillment helps with!)

  • stan

    nicely put

  • good for you!

    Taking a leap of faith is not an easy thing to do, nor does it always result in immediate results. When i lost my job back in september I made the leap to pursue teaching which is something I've aspired to do for a long time. I'm still waiting to start grad school classes, and I've gotta say, trying to find something that will keep me remotely intellectually satisfied in the mean time is no easy feat.

    Many kudos! Good luck!
    .-= Heidi´s last blog ..Fitness Friday – Lazy Edition =-.

  • bravo on taking a jump into the unknown!

  • Good for you! It sounds like it'll be a lot of hard work, but hopefully it will all pan out beautifully.
    .-= Emily Snedecor´s last blog ..Reasonably So @ The Choice Effect =-.

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