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The False Safety of Corporate Jobs and the Shackles of Benefits

February 26, 20243 min read

The False Safety of Corporate Jobs and the Shackles of Benefits

Everything comes with risks, especially things that appear secure on the surface. Relying solely on corporate jobs and retirement plans may give you some sense of comfort now, but what if something unexpected were to happen? What would your finances look like then?

We need to take responsibility for our own wellbeing and create diversified financial strategies so we can thrive under any circumstances. That includes taking calculated risks that may lead to greater rewards. I personally was raised to believe that having a corporate job, contributing to a 401k, and avoiding risks is the key to success and security. Society creates a fear around not abiding by these cultural norms, and as a result, we tend to prioritize false safety over true freedom and fulfillment.

But there is another way! Maybe now is the time to break free and create a life that resonates with your soul? Let's explore how these common beliefs give us false safety and how we can move towards a truly liberating and rewarding life.

Corporate jobs are often perceived as safe and secure because they provide a steady paycheck and benefits. However, this "safety" comes at a cost: the sacrifice of our passions, creativity, and individuality. Corporate jobs are notorious for their rigid hierarchies, monotonous routines, and lack of autonomy. We are told that climbing the corporate ladder is the ultimate goal, regardless of whether we enjoy or feel fulfilled by the work. The truth is that clinging to a corporate job out of fear of the unknown or perceived safety is a recipe for mediocrity and dissatisfaction. Instead, let us focus on pursuing our passions, exploring our interests, and creating careers that align with our values and goals.

Contributing to a 401k is often presented as the responsible thing to do because it provides a retirement fund. However, this belief assumes that we will not outlive our savings or that our retirement years will be enjoyable. It also assumes that we will not want to take risks or pursue creative endeavors in our later years. While it's important to save for the future, we must also invest in ourselves and our passions now before it's too late. Let us use our resources wisely and invest in opportunities that align with our passions and allow us to achieve our goals.

Society has conditioned us to believe that risk-taking is dangerous and to be avoided at all costs. But the truth is that taking risks is necessary for growth and personal development. Playing it safe will only lead to a life of comfort, complacency, and regret. We must learn to take calculated risks, embrace uncertainty and trust ourselves to have the resilience to overcome any obstacle that comes our way.

Fear created by society does not serve us. Fear keeps us small, confined, and dependent on external validation. It tells us that we are not capable of achieving our dreams, that we are too old, too inexperienced, too unqualified. Fear is the most effective form of control, and it distorts our perception of reality. Fear is one of the biggest deterrents for women fulfilling their highest calling.

As professional women, we must consider liberating ourselves from the false safety of corporate jobs, 401ks, and not taking risks. We must learn to trust ourselves, invest in our passions, and take bold steps towards our dreams. It's time to break free from societal expectations and embrace our true potential. Our success, fulfillment, and happiness depend on it.

Kalpana Sundar

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