Remuneration vs Passion

Ever heard the saying 钱不是万能,但没有钱却万万不能? In the past year, i have been approached by a few companies who felt that i may be able to contribute to their business. I considered joining a bank, insurer, reinsurer and brokers. Ultimately, it came down to a choice between taking up the position as head of department in my current company and joining another brokering house. I decided on the latter due to a variety of factors, including but not limited to the the job scope, the office politics (or the lack thereof), the colleagues and so on.

Having said that, i have to admit that the luxury to mull over these qualitative factors was anchored on the fact that i was going to get a decent pay increment at my new company. Although the HOD position would have paid more, if the pay at my new company was not to my expectations, it would have been unlikely that i would want to make the switch.

If you think about it, it’s very similar to how we spend money to buy things right? Why do people fork out top dollar for a BMW? A Kia would also take you to from point A to B isn’t it?

What i’m trying to say is that there’s no free lunch. You want something good, you gotta pay for it. Although choosing to serve the nation requires one to have the passion (similar choosing your career), remuneration, while not everything, is still an important factor.

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January 2012