It’s no secret (most) journalists don’t make a ton of money. While that’s been difficult to swallow as I’ve gotten older and friends in other professions have moved up the income ladder, I recently recognized a benefit to what I’d previously seen solely as a disadvantage.
The less you make at your day job, the easier that income is to replace.
Which means that in some ways, the less you make at your day job, the easier it is to leave that day job behind in pursuit of a more fulfilling career.
Because I wasn’t making all that much money at my day job, it wasn’t so far-fetched for me to come up with a plan to replace that income by working for myself. If I’d been making, say, $150,000 a year like 30-year-olds in other industries, it would’ve been far more difficult to walk away from that day job to do my own thing.
We often blame finances for holding us back. Because it’s true: money can be a huge obstacle to following our dreams.
But sometimes, if you look at your financial situation in the right light, it might also have the potential to set you free.
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