Your job supports your life, not the other way around

Just because you can do the job and get paid for it, doesn’t mean you should do it.

Step 1: Decide on your primary path to a good life

Which one is most important to you: hedonic wellbeing, eudaemonic wellbeing, or psychological richness? And, by the way, picking one doesn’t mean you should ignore the others. Just decide on the one that feels most important. In my case, for instance, that’s psychological richness.

Step 2: Map the timeline and the drivers of your life

What kind of life do you want to live in the next 2, 4, and 6 years?

Step 3: Describe the job that helps you live the life you want

List the attributes of a job which over the next 4 years will support your drivers across all three types of good life. Then mark the ones that are non-negotiable.

Step 4: Litmus-test the opportunities

Once you get the offer(s), ask yourself: if you only had 1 year left to work, would you regret not taking this job? Why? Why not?

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