A friend called the other day asking for some advice about a job he’d been offered.
I thought It was a nice problem to have.
Keep the current job, which he likes or take this new opportunity which sounded great.
Either way he wins.
We’d been through this discussion a few times in the past.
“You know how we do this”, I said.
“I know, I know. Every job pays a dollar.”
“So which one do you want?”
“That’s why I called you. I can’t decide”.
“Oh, thanks. Make it my decision. What if i get it wrong?” I joked.
So we went through an exercise I do with everyone.
First we imagine that the two jobs are equal in pay, one dollar.
We took a piece of paper and put the reasons to stay in one column and the reasons to go in another.
In the end, the reasons to go won out.
When he factored the real money in, the reasons to go became more clear.
By going to the paper first, he was able to make an unemotional decision and see the reasons in black and white.
The one dollar rule gets you focused on what you really want to do with your life, without the distraction of money.
Never make a major decision without working it out on paper first.
Oh, and one more thing.
Sleep on it for a night.