Gut or Rationale?
I love that impulsive decisions we make in split seconds sometimes end up defining the rest of our lives. Regarding my business experiences, I’ve never made the analytically correct decision; I’ve always gone with gut – not reason. I’ve always worked for people who I admire and can learn from – not the ones who could promote me the most quickly or give me the highest salary. And more often than not, I’ve taken pay cuts and stepped down to work for a company and / or individual I believe in; rather than making the ‘safe’ decision.
Today I find myself in a situation analogous to one I was in seven years ago. Two jobs; one a ‘sure thing’ and the other a ‘we’re a start up and we have no budget for you right now’. By “sure thing” I mean – great salary, great business, great team, great everything BUT my ‘gut’ is telling me to go elsewhere; to go to the company that “can’t afford me”. My gut says to “wait” or “work for free”, however I’ve been told hundreds of times by brilliant executives that you should not “work for free”, that it’s “crazy” and it “devalues your work”. This leads me to ask myself, “Aren’t there more forms of compensation than money?” I believe so, but apparently the experts do not agree.
By going ‘against my gut’, I’d be doing the right thing, the responsible thing, and would likely end up happy with the decision I’ve made. But how long would it take me to stop watching that ‘start up business’? Would I really be 100% passionate and engaged in a company knowing there is something else out there I want more? If I took a job because it was the “best option available at the time” (even though I’m financially sound right now and am looking at businesses to get back into the corp. world, not for fiduciary reasons) , am I selling out? Am I settling? And how do I know if my “gut” is even right when I can’t find 1 tangible difference between these companies in the criteria I’ve set out? Going to be a long, thoughtful process, but hope to come out with the right answers eventually and discover how to not be a ‘sell out’.