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Ahhh, money.

It makes the world go ’round. For some people, money is the root of all evil. For others, it’s a blessing.

The Picky Pinchers fall neatly in between these two camps. While we hate that we’re bound to the necessity of money (and the inherent inequalities that it brings), it’s also enabled us to change our lives dramatically. We’re using the power of money to live more consciously and achieve financial independence.

Cutting expenses has been the best way for us to get out of debt, but income increases haven’t been too shabby, either!

And that brings me to my current job.

Mrs. Picky Pincher: Paper-Pusher Extraordinaire

I’ve been in my current position since last fall. I was hesitant to take it initially, because it was more of a project management role, and that wasn’t where my strengths and interests were. But the job would come with a pretty hefty salary bump, so you could say they gave me an offer I couldn’t refuse!

It turned out to be a fantastic decision.

While my job doesn’t win any “Most Exciting Thing Ever!” awards, it’s generally low-key and easygoing. It’s a job that I can drop at 5 pm and not worry about until 8 am the next day.

And the best part is that my salary bump enabled us to pay off our $14,000 credit card debt quickly. It’s also the reason we can save for a house and pay down our student loan debt. In many ways, this job has given us our freedom.

So why in the hell did I recently take on more work for the same pay?

Why Take an Unpaid Promotion?

Here’s the back story:

My coworker is moving to another position, so management gave me the opportunity to fill the slot on my coworker’s team. I have to admit that I was hesitant, since Picky people don’t take too kindly to change.

I knew that:

  • The position would be more demanding.
  • The position would carry more responsibility (and risk!).
  • There would be a gigantinormous learning curve, and I would probably make an ass of myself in front of important people in suits.
  • It would be more stressful.
  • There would be no raise.

But I still said yes.

Am I absolutely nuts? After all, you get paid for your time and effort at work; if you do more, shouldn’t you get paid more?

I wish! But that’s not how corporate America works, unfortunately.

So why did I take the job?

I said yes because I saw value that wasn’t spelled out in dollar signs.

Sure, my time is absolutely valuable. There never seems to be enough of the stuff.

But there are going to be times when you need to put in the time and prove yourself. I want to show my team and management that I have the cajones to take on a big behemoth of a project–for no other reason than because it’s what’s best for the company.

Okay, okay, it’s not an entirely unselfish thing I’m doing here.

I’m putting in a ridiculous amount of work at my job right now. I’ve been staying late and chaining myself to my desk to frantically get work done. Is it to get nothing in return?

Hell no!

I’m an opportunist.

I’m harnessing the power of saying yes and seizing an opportunity. Even though I can’t quite see the positive consequences of my decision yet, I know they’re on the horizon. Maybe that will take the form of a raise or an even better promotion down the line. I’m not sure yet, but I do know that I’m making myself more valuable to the company and putting in the time to make myself look awesome.

The Bottom Line

It would have been amazing to see a fatter check after taking on a new position at work. But it’s not always about the money. It’s about taking advantage of something that can lead to amazing things down the road. I’m embracing the power of saying yes, and looking forward to growing in my new role.

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