Nine out of 10 Americans say they would give up a significant portion of their paycheck—up to 23% of their lifetime earnings — if they could swap their day job for more meaningful work, according to the Harvard Business Review. Employees who find that meaning are more likely to work …
While that sounds awesome, I’m guessing some of these people didn’t grow up in abject poverty, knowing what it was like not having basic needs met. I’ve worked since I was a teenager and have never taken a break between jobs because I knew exactly what being nearly homeless and regularly hungry and anxious felt like.
Idealistically, I’d love my work to feel enriching and be meaningful, but sometimes a paycheck (in reality) is more important.