That so-called security of knowing that a paycheck is coming. Knowing that you can just show up to work for the next two weeks, (even though you really don’t like your job or have dreams of opening up your own business), give a C+ effort, and receive a paycheck.
Are you addicted to you salary? In my best WebMD impersonation, let’s find out.
Symptoms of a Salary Addiction
If you can answer yes to any of the questions below, you may be experiencing a salary addiction:
- Do you hate your job but can’t quit because of your dependence on your salary?
- Do you live paycheck to paycheck?
- Do you not have an emergency fund?
- Do you dread going to work?
- Are you in debt?
- Do you keep telling yourself that you’re going to find a better job?
- Have you ever said the following statement, “But I love the benefits”?
3 Cures for a Salary Addiction
If you find yourself with an addiction to salary, you’re in luck. Salary addiction is curable. Start by…
- Saving Money – As long as you’re living paycheck to paycheck, you will be addicted to your salary. You don’t have to save 20% of your income by next month. Start small. Save just 2% of your income in a high interest savings account this month. Next month, try to double your savings.
- Learning – The goal is to increase your skills, to increase your value to the marketplace. Once you increase your value, you can work on what you want, where you want, when you want, and you can even name your price. For more on this idea, read the book Linchpin.
- Diversifying Your Income - Building multiple steams of income is easier now, then it ever has been. With just ten hours a week, in a few months you can build a profitable online business. Yes, you might have to stay in a Saturday or two, but what’s the alternative?
If you don’t change, neither will your current situation. Chances are you already know what you have to do. Now get to it!
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