Diminishing Returns

Life is a journey, not a destination. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and forget that. We get caught up in chasing a career that we work extra hours at so we can get that promotion. To earn extra money so that one day we can have the life we want and to finally be happy.

What we don’t take into account is the cost. Everything has a cost. When we work those extra hours we are giving up time to spend with friends and family. We lose touch with friends because we are too busy to get that cup of coffee. Our children grow up and we barely notice. And here’s the thing, the longer you chase this dream, the more effort it takes. Those first few promotions came pretty easily. And they came with more money, more responsibility, and they were rewarding. It’s like a drug; the more you get the more you want. And like that drug, the promotions become less rewarding as time goes on. The pay bumps are less extreme, you have to work harder to achieve them, and you are less fulfilled when you get them. How do you know when you have reached this point? That more effort will not bring you more happiness? That less is actually more.