I find myself in a position to make a deal with the devil that could substantially increase my annual day job salary starting in 2016. More cash means more investment opportunities into quality dividend paying stocks, which in turn means more passive income to push me closer toward my ultimate goal of financial independence.
Money oftentimes comes at a greater cost and this predicament I find myself in is a great example of that. On one hand I’ve become such an integral piece of my workplace that I can essentially name my price — within reason — and I would likely get it for fear that I’d walk out the door.
By doing so I’d be signing a deal with the devil. A higher income portends higher expectations and the last thing I want are calls on Friday nights, weekends and even holidays to continue day job working into my time. It’s a slippery slope that I’d be jumping onto with greased feet.
The reasons for my multi-month silence here at Dividends With Children is a direct result of my day job. Security has tightened to the point where I cannot even peek at something non-work related at the office, phone or otherwise. That has handicapped my ability to pick away at my side hustle website or this blog, and that in turn has made me more miserable there than I have ever been.
Judgment day is coming. My work anniversary is in the first quarter of 2016 and if I’m leaving, that’s the ideal time to do it so I can max the cash out of my vacation time. That’s money I’ve already earned and I’m not about to leave it on the table.
Happiness versus money. It’s a problem we all face. I either shake the devil’s hand and endure more unhappiness or tell him to take a hike and find a new path.
Chances are strong that I’ll be waffling back and forth over the next several months. Right now the pendulum leans toward saying goodbye to the day job for awhile and experiencing freedom doing my own thing for a little bit to see how I fare. Money comes and goes. Time simply goes.
As an aside, I’ve opened up a Twitter account and would be delighted if you followed me there where I’ll be posting all my stock moves and dividend reinvestments.