Maslow’s hierarchy of needs suggests that people are motivated to fulfill basic needs before moving on to other more advanced needs.
And he went on to rank them as follows; from the most basic to the complex needs – Physiological, Safety, Love/belonging, Self-esteem, and Self-actualization.
These needs vary at different stages of our lives and in our careers. And it gets to a certain stage where the need for self-actualization and recognition trumps the need for more compensation.
Consequently, this is the reason employees feel stuck in their careers. They enjoy the income because it pays the bills yet there is a void within still yearning to be filled.
And as a result, this cycle continues till retirement and then the realization sets in that most of their lives were spent working just to pay bills.
It’s important to do some introspection from time to time. So that you can tune in to those needs and find ways to actualize them.
And that could mean changing jobs, mentoring someone, working on side projects to leverage your skills, volunteering for other assignments that bring more meaning and fulfillment to the work you do.
Grinding at your 9-5 doing a job you’re not passionate about, just to pay bills is no way to live.
Your life is much more valuable than that.