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Next job offer, go for the money

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Marketing exec Jeffrey J. Fox doesn’t like the old saying that if you do what you love, success will follow. His view:

“Take the job that offers you the most money. If you are in a corporation, always take the transfer, promotion or assignment that pays the most.”

Sounds mercenary, until you hear Fox’s rationale:
  • If you go for the money, you’ll become immediately more visible.

  • People will expect a lot more from you and, therefore, offer more challenging assignments.

  • You’ll position yourself aggressively for the next promotion.
“Corporations usually take the easy way out and it is easier to promote the higher paid than the lower,” says Fox.

Once you’ve accrued enough power by going for the dollars, then you can do what you love.

— Adapted from How to Become CEO, Jeffrey J. Fox, Hyperion.

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