Which job will you prefer - a lousy but good salary or one that keeps you happy

Malaysia
June 26, 2008 12:21am CST
I have not been working for a few months now and will be doing a part time job soon and get paid according to my hours. From the pay aspects it is not as attractive like my previous work place but I wanted to do something that I am comfortable & happy with. So I do enjoy my "honeymoon break" and get to reassess what I want next in life. With the present economy,this job will not be enough to support me to live like my old lifestyle which I am used to. But I will be comfortable and happy although I will have to be more thrifty in my spendings. And I might even need to put in more hours. Have this present economy change your priorities that you have to put up with the job you dislike/hate and still working for the sake of the high salary? Or perhaps no matter what happens, your passion for satisfaction always comes first over the attractive salary? Thank you for sharing.
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34 responses
26 Jun 08
well thats a very good discussion .i would prefer a good and satisfactory job deosnt matter if its a low paying job cause to me satisfaction and good work environ ment is more preferable than a good paying lousy job.beacuse in that job there is more mental stress than u get paid for.
• Malaysia
26 Jun 08
Hie Madan, thank you for your response and opinion. That was what I thought too and less hassle to deal with Cheers and happy mylotting.
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@subha12 (18462)
• India
26 Jun 08
it is dependent on how much each factors are there in that job. if in the scale of 10, the liking is better than the salary, i will take liking. if it is otherwise, i will choose otherwise. but in most cases i will go for good salary.
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• Malaysia
26 Jun 08
Hie Subha, thank you for the response. Yes, it depends on individual goals, priorities and circumstances at that time. Neither wrong nor right but what suits the individual person and commitments. Cheers and happy posting!
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@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
26 Jun 08
Hi, for a person who's 88 yrs old, you're very active, hehe! Anyway, regarding your question...of course the ideal is always a job that we love and also pays well. How many of us are passionate about the jobs we are in? However, due to commitments (family, saving for old age, etc), we are stucked in jobs that pay well, while waiting for the ideal job to appear one day.
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• Malaysia
26 Jun 08
It's just numbers, does not reflect the true self. And I need to work otherwise the sedentary lifestyle is no good for my brittle bones. In fact I chose satisfaction so I quit my previous job and now I am much happier. I feel revived and more alive actually. And now I am very excited to work again and continue what I love to do. Cheers and thank you for sharing.
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@mykmari_08 (2466)
• Philippines
26 Jun 08
If I had to reply to this discussion at least a decade ago, I guess my answer would be in favor of a job where I'm bound to be happy without considering the amount of the salary. However, I'm already married for more than five years now and my husband has no stable job at this time. In other words, I'm the breadwinner of the family, with all of the expenses placed on my shoulders. Aside from this, we have a daughter who is turning three in two months time. To add up with the burden, the soaring prices of commodities is just tieing us down and almost drowning us in debt. So to cut it short, I don't mind a lousy job just to acquire a legitimate high pay. As a matter of fact, my husband and I have considered working abroad even for just a short period of time; for our daughter's education. But honestly, I'm still hoping and praying that my dream of having our own family business will become a reality sometime in the near future. With God's help, I do believe that we will be able to pay-off all our outstanding obligations and still have enough savings left for the family.
• Malaysia
26 Jun 08
Hie Mykmari. these are hard times and I am sure many are settling for the lousy jobs for the sake of commitments and better life. And these are the people that usually stay strong through the challenges in life. I admire these people and have full respect for them I believe you could pull through this shortcomings and stand tall. Best wishes and cheers,
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@robert19ph (4586)
• Philippines
26 Jun 08
Hello Desierra1004, I don't think there is an ideal job. My job is lousy now and I don't get paid handsomely. If you will make it more lousy but paid me handsomely, I am willing to take it for practical reasons. What's a few more lousiness but big money. If I can survive it a few I will be very happy. I'll make sure that the money I got from it will be invested properly so I don't have to go to that job again. That lousy job might even paved the way for the ideal job you are looking for. Low paying, less pressure and something you like doing, just like we have here at mylot. It seems to be a good job but not ideal.
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• Malaysia
26 Jun 08
Hie Robert, how lousy it is, someone still has to do it. It's just the matter of priorities and how well a person manages his finances. I have seen people with low pay but yet they are still happy and content with what they have. I don't think anyone is taking this as a full time job Cheers and thank you for sharing.
• United States
26 Jun 08
I would like a job I am happy at but I would still need enough Money to pay the bills and to do a few things with the kids. I am taking a course on line to work at home. Now with gas and food cost up , it would be easier to work from home. Daycare is so expensive now days to. Working from home is the best solution for me. I do not think money is everything. I think you need to enjoy your life and family because you can not take money with you when you passes. Your most treasure possession is your memories.
• Malaysia
26 Jun 08
Hie Honeydew, that's a good and smart idea to work at home and yet stay close to your family. Many find it difficult to juggle between this two. Some that get better pay but lose out on the quality time with the family. Cheers and best wishes to you
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@chrislotz (8207)
• Canada
29 Aug 08
We all have to do what we have to do, whether it is a job we like or not. We need to earn a living so we can survive and sometimes that means putting up with a job we don't like. If it is possible to work a job you like to do, then I say go for it. As long as you can still survive than the money might not be enough motivation for you to put up with a job you hate. I have never hated a job that I have had, so I don;t know what it is like to work somewhere you have to force yourself to go to work everyday. I have worked many different kinds of jobs and right now I am working cleaning houses with my daughter and we are selfemployed and we are making very good money doing it, although it is not my ideal job, it pays the bills and then some. I am able to put away around $1000 a month so it is a good job for me even though I don't love it. I don't hate it either since I am my own boss and can work as many hours or as least hours, as I want.
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• Malaysia
29 Aug 08
Hi Chris, glad that you and daughter are doing well . Yes, it is great to be the boss and I can't wait one day to be one too. Save a lot of hassle and less headache for sure. I don't earn as much as I used to but at least I am happier,less stress and still surviving. Cheers and happy posting.
• Australia
25 Jul 08
I would definitely prefer the lesser paid job over one that is going to stress me out so much I'd end up losing it anyway. Money seems to be the focus of way to many people,and they get these high paid jobs and end up having nervous breakdowns because of the hours they have to put in. It also seems rather silly to be earning a good wage to have nice things when you don't get the time to buy those things or to enjoy them. A part time job would be all I could take on right now because of my family situation, and I would have to say it would have to be outdoors and working with animals. I don't even mind if it is just cleaning up the mess of the animals, because at least then I am free to think about other things while getting the job done.
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• Malaysia
25 Jul 08
Hie, that is so true and sadly most people would think otherwise. Some do put up with the stress to have more income but in the end they don't even have a chance to enjoy them, just like what you have said. Cheers and best wishes.
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@ahgong (10086)
• Singapore
1 Jul 08
I never really thought of it that much. I guess I am a guy who is easily satisfied. As long as there is job security, I am fine. Also, as long as the salary is good enough for me not to worry about my next meal, I should be plenty happy. As you said, as we grow older, our responsibilities changes. So do our priorities. So till the current priorities changes again, no need to shake or rock the boat I am in. It is sailing in a steady pace on a good sea where I am not.
• Malaysia
1 Jul 08
Hie Ahgong, you are so easy to be pleased and I am sure to get along with too. The important thing is as long as you are happy Cheers and thank you for the response.
@crazynurse (7510)
• United States
28 Jun 08
I must say that I would prefer less pay but being happy at the job. If I am happy at the job, I am more likely to be ardent in doing my best. By doing my best perhaps I may get raises or whatever. When I am unhappy at a job, it makes me dread going to work, miserable the entire time I am there, complaining about the job when I am away from the job and colors my entire outlook on life! Why not work for less and enjoy what you do?! I will learn to cut a few corners in order to take a job at which I am happier.
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• Malaysia
30 Jun 08
Exactly and well said, crazynurseA lot of people complain all the time and most are stuck, can't do much to change as due to circumstances. But a happy person is more productive in their work and certainly a valuable asset to the company. Cheers and happy posting!
@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
27 Jun 08
Hi Desierra, I am retired and living on a pension, so the rising cost of living make things very difficult. When I was working, I would rather have a job that I liked, even if the salary was a little less. Blessings.
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• Malaysia
28 Jun 08
Hie Pose, I am doing what I like now although the pay is not as good as before but I am happy. Best wishes to you and happy posting. Cheers,
@Muelitz (1592)
• Canada
27 Jun 08
That is a good move. Even though the pay is not good as long as you enjoy it, it will be fun. As long as you can make ends meet with the pay, you will be fine. What good will a good pay do to you, if you are always problematic or pressured, you will just end up using your money for stress medications lol. Enjoy your work.
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• Malaysia
28 Jun 08
Hie Muelitz, that is so true, in a long run more money will be forked out to pay for the health bills and perhaps even for the psychiatrist treatments Cheers and happy posting!
@selece (2357)
• Philippines
27 Jun 08
Hello friend. I'll be practical this time. I'd rather choose a job with a good salary even if I don't like the job. I believe that in due time I'll learn to love it too. As long as it is decent and clean it is ok with me even if it doesn't make me happy. The money I earn would benefit me anyway, since the economy is pretty unstable, and being able to purchase my needs and want would lead to happiness also. On the other hand, it would still be best to have both worlds, a good job with nice salary and at the same time makes you happy. Like myLot, having fun talking to others and earning money as well. Just an analogy. Hehe. I hope someday I'll find a job like that. But for now, being practical is more important. Even though I'm a student right now, I've worked hard for quite a few times now. That would be all. Cheers!
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• Malaysia
27 Jun 08
Hie Selece. yes, it depends on lots of factors, needs, commitments and circumstances at that period. The best would be whatever that suits that person and the practicality of it. And that individual would be the most suitable person to know. I think make the best out of what has been decided and reassess as there is always room for improvement Cheers and thank you for sharing.
@banadux (630)
• United States
26 Jun 08
Finding a job you enjoy is key to your life. You will spend half your waking hours at work for most people. It seems that enjoying that much time of the day should be worth a lot. Obviously you need to make enough to live, but for the most part that should be an issue. You might have to change your lifestyle some, but if you spend most of your time happy instead of wishing you had another job your overall quality of life will go up. You will probably spend less time sick as well since your emotional state is closely tied to your mental health.
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• Malaysia
27 Jun 08
Hie Banadux, I totally agree and I certainly wouldn't settle for anything less. Besides my mental health and whole well being are more important than anything else. It is meaningless if one could not have a quality life while they are still breathing but just drifting along mere living. Thank you for sharing and best wishes Cheers,
• India
26 Jun 08
I would definitely do the job one i would be happy with.What would be the meaning if i had good salaried job and am not satisfied with the work environment. I don't think i would be happy! I would like to enjoy the work i do. Happy posting!
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• Malaysia
27 Jun 08
Hie Ram , good for you and hope you will find the right one for you. Thank you for the response. Best wishes and cheers,
@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
26 Jun 08
I would rather be in a lousy job with great salary. For me, money=happiness. So even though I have a horrible boss and terrible working conditions, it's OK. But money's not everything. I know that. The perfect job for me is one that pays well and where I can learn and grow.
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• Malaysia
27 Jun 08
Hie Mimico, that's what you think is suitable and best for you at the moment. It is up to the individual and what works for them. Best wishes and happy posting!
@fwangaa (3058)
• China
26 Jun 08
I have worked in a lousy place but have a good salary . i abandoned it . and now i work in office that feel freedom . i like it because it keeps me happy.
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• Malaysia
27 Jun 08
Hie Fwangaa, that's wonderful and happy for you.Thank you for the response. Cheers and best wishes!
@howard96h (11665)
• New York, New York
26 Jun 08
I know making good money is important to pay your bills but to have to go to work every day to a miserable job is not healthy and eventually will take it's toll on you. I would choose the job that makes me happy and try to work more hours and make more money there. Another option is to keep the job you love and find a second part time job to supplement the income and if that part time job doesn't work out then I would keep searching until I find one that's acceptable.
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• Malaysia
26 Jun 08
Hie Howard, yes, that will be a good way to maintain the passion for the work you love and the other jobs to pave the way. The individual just have to reassess which is more important and suitable in their lives. Cheers and thank you for sharing.
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• India
26 Jun 08
i would like to have a life in which i am happy but still i would be able to pay bills like electricity,water etc.thank you for asking this question.
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• Malaysia
26 Jun 08
Hie jijo, thank you for the response. Well! Will have to look for the most perfect job then and everyone could ever dream of Cheers and happy mylotting!
• China
26 Jun 08
If I were you,I'll do the first one at the begining.And some months later I'll try the next one. The life is the trip to find happy and love. Enjoy it!
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• Malaysia
26 Jun 08
Hie Persephony, I have done both in fact and enjoy what my life is at the moment, going at the pace I want. Thank you for the response. Cheers and welcome to Mylot