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I got a fortune cookie with my lunch last week that said, “A new venture will be a success.” I read an inappropriate amount of meaning into this because the next day I happened to be interviewing for a new job at a Very Large Tech Company.

I applied for the job almost two months ago and have spent the last several weeks thinking stressing obsessing about the role and what it would mean. In considering whether to take the job (the one that I don’t have yet), I’ve definitely sent my horse a few miles ahead of the cart, but it’s been an  interesting exercise to think about and one that has challenged my values, goals, and dreams for myself.

The role would be a big one — it’s related to my past experience but in a completely new sector with huge responsibilities, including setting up new worldwide programs and protocols in an area that the company hasn’t cohesively addressed before. It would mean long hours and high stress, but also significantly higher pay than my current job. My current job also entails long hours and high stress, but not to the same extent, and the pay is significantly less. Other than money, the biggest negative difference between in the new role would be autonomy and flexibility — something I have in my current role that the new job wouldn’t offer.

While an incredible opportunity, it has the potential to strain my relationships, test my sanity, and challenge me in ways I don’t even know yet. I’m struggling to weigh the pros and cons: I want to the kind of person who chooses lifestyle over money, family over career, and relaxation over stress and, generally, I am. But where a role would be more fun, more engaging, and more interesting, AND it would let me get to financial independence significantly faster — is it wrong to sacrifice some of those values and lifestyle benefits now, in the name of future freedom? I honestly don’t know. What do you think?

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