When I graduated from college, I had a job offer from Google. They were great, saying, “You’ve been in school for 5 years…you should take a break!” I was like, “Oh I know, I was already planning it.”
Google: “So how long do you need? 2 weeks?”
Me: “Uh, no. See you in 3 months.”
Google: “That’s not gonna work for us…how about 4 weeks?”
Me: “No, I’ve been in school for 5 years. I love you but I need a break. See you in 3 months.”
During that time, I launched a product called PBwiki with a friend, which ended up taking off. Over the next couple months, I agonized over whether to turn down Google or walk away from this new startup.
I ended up walking away from Google.
One of the things that surprised some of my friends was walking away from that kind of money. It was a lot! Especially for a young kid. But I knew I had more important things than money…and if I made the right decisions and met the right people, I could earn that much in a month…or even a day.
Yet it surprised some people, since in our culture, we’re naturally conditioned to think MORE = BETTER. That’s not always true.
That’s why I love today’s “Ask Ramit” question: Helena wants to know if she should take a lower-paying job if it dramatically cuts her commute.
When would someone take a pay cut on PURPOSE?
Watch to see my thoughts…and as you do, see if there are areas in your life where “trading down” would actually make sense for you.
QUESTION FOR YOU: What’s one area where you could do with LESS? (Don’t just say “eating out” since you know you’re not going to stop eating out. What else?) Leave a comment below.
Update: Make sure to read some of the insightful comments below. People are choosing to “trade down” in order to kill the commute and work from home, to travel the world for cheap, or achieve better work-life balance.
Leave your comment on where you could do with LESS below…
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