You Don’t Have To Climb the Career Ladder To Be Happy

Joel Sigrist
JoelsBlog
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3 min readDec 4, 2021

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You don’t need to climb the career ladder to live a great life. Your job doesn’t have to be the centerpiece to be fulfilled.

I opted out of climbing the career ladder. Here’s why it was the best decisionwww.fastcompany.com
The cofounder and chief technologist of Camunda explains that if you feel you are an expert, don’t try to be somebody else, and don’t let yourself be shoehorned into a management position.

Society tells us the story that if we’re not climbing the corporate ladder into a management role, we’re really not pushing ourselves to succeed. If we aren’t doing everything to maximize our salary and get fast-tracked to the top, we aren’t working hard at all.

I’m here to sell a different story.

You don’t have to climb the career ladder to be “successful.”

Instead, you can be successful by making $50k annually and leaning into hobbies that you care about.

You can be successful by being an individual contributor who clocks in at 8 and clocks out at 5, taking an hour for lunch every day.

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Joel Sigrist
JoelsBlog

Consistent writer since a few weeks ago. Not all published stories are good ones, but that’s getting better. In some cool pubs, too.