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From your experience what do you think my older self would be telling me know while I’m in this situation fyi just under 30 no kids - should I either stay in my dead end job that owns decent money and good benefits, and wlb is good and I can do my fun activities but really not growing, learning or interested in it at all. Or try find another career path that I could be interested and can learn grow but may give up WLB?

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What is your definition of success? Is it making a decent living and enjoying life outside of work, or is prestige and title it? Answer that, and you'll know what your older self wishes you did now.

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Appreciate it! I honestly don’t know and sorry if thats not helping. I think recently I’ve been learning more towards my hobbies or making new ones cause I hate my job so much. But yes when I’m not working I enjoy sports, tv, and hanging with friends. However even tho I try to ignore it I think making money is important to me too.

As has been said, this depends on your goals. I had a client pull me aside as 25 y/o consultant and warn me that she regretting spending her best years travelling and working. She wished she has worked on her family and friends instead of chasing money. I took that to heart. I make slightly less money but have a family, dog, and lots of friends.

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Damn. I’m trying to go down that path of not chasing the money. But it seems so hard when everyone around you is chasing the money. It’s hard to chase/figure out one’s own values when there so much influence around you

I would go for expanding and learning more myself, even at the expense of WLB. I don't enjoy jobs where I feel like I'm just doing the same thing over and over, and there are no challenges. I made a decision like the one you're contemplating at 26 (closer to 27) years old, and I don't regret it. I'll be 34 this month, and I definitely made the right call for me because I wouldn't haven't the life I do now if I played it safe 7/8 years ago. I have a wonderful husband, great friends, adorable puppies, and a beautiful home to live in. I do often have to work more than I want to, but I'm overall happier than I was when I made the choice to leave that job with better WLB.

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Also, something that strikes me from your post is you aren't crediting yourself for personal growth that isn't connected to work. You are a person that exists in this amazing world first, you are a working resource to a company second.

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