There is no poison in ambition alone. I have found in the last year, however, that I have at times been blinded by my desire to earn enough money to repay my debts, further my education, and build the life of my dreams.
In the past year I have changed jobs twice in pursuit of a bigger paycheck and worked as many as 75 hours a week between my career and second jobs. To be sure, the efforts have improved my financial situation. Though I am not yet free of debt, I am able to pay more than minimum payments each month while living comfortably.
While this fact is reassuring, I also think my efforts over the past year have had negative consequences on my life.
The stress of working so much, transitioning between jobs multiple times in a year, and focusing so much effort on earning money has prevented me from eating well and sleeping, exercising, and even relaxing adequately.
Not having enough money can be stressful. But there comes a time when working hard enough to have enough money becomes even more stressful.
So I’m cutting back.
I have almost stopped working a second job. For now I’ll try one night a week. I’m prepared to give it up all together in time.
Hopefully, I’ll be able to relax again and concentrate on doing my best in my career and living healthier.
It is a shock to my system. I am used to being on the go all the time: Sleeping and eating when I could and rarely making time for anything but work.
But I’ll let you know how it goes.
Have you ever caught yourself working so hard towards your financial goals you neglected other parts of your life?