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I realized I only enjoy chasing higher comp. Job switches every 2 years, always looking out for the next bump… it has taken a toll on my mental health. Tried to get hobbies to distract but I find myself back at websites checking comp numbers. Any suggestions to get out of the race?

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Care less? That sounds glib, but everything in life gets so much better when you lower your expectations.

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what city do you live in? perhaps HCOL and a competitive workforce, combined with comparing yourself to others/keeping up with the jonses has something to do with it.

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How much is "enough?" and what makes you happy besides a paycheck? No, really, ask yourself that. I get the addictive rush of higher comp/promotions as well - I feel so good when I aim for a promotion or get a great offer. But maybe spend some time defining for yourself, what makes you happy? Wealth and comp is great, if you use it in the right way. Is it for family/building a dream? For a new car, house, the best clothes? Map it out: What's your goal? What brings you joy? What is your time worth? I've been listening to a millionaire's podcast and many of them say after 1M/2M of savings, suddenly, work couldn't pay them enough and suddenly all they wanted was time. Really interesting perspective. But also - sometimes, it can just be about leveling up. Are there skills you want to learn? Things you want to do? Someone you want to prove your worth to? No judgement - I've seen this behavior in myself - but just sharing that sometimes I've made switches that make me miserable if all I focus on is the money.

Op: kind of on the same boat, I try to deactivate my LinkedIn and just focus on work and later family and hobbies. I guess we should start loving our work for some time to gain that mental peace.

Go to therapy.

Use all that money you’ve been chasing to figure it out ;)

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