What I learned earning $200,000 at 27

Natasha Varma
Aug 16, 2019 · 5 min read
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At the age of 25, I graduated with my MBA and decided that I wanted to be involved in the tech industry. Previously, I had worked in finance and consulting and always wanted to be a part of something more innovative, creative and disruptive. I didn’t like the stuffy culture in finance — tech seemed much more authentic and true to me. Like many others, the lure of working in tech was exciting! Being hired to support the sales side of the business at a large software company was lucrative. Generous salaries paired with even more generous bonuses driven off big deals won during the year. By the time I had completed my second year, I realized that with my bonuses I was taking home a lot of money for a professional at my age. That too in Canada. One of my bosses during my tenure there used to say the best businesses are soft, namely soft drinks and software primarily driven by the large margins prevalent in these industries. As a young person, it’s easy to get caught up being comfortable — living life with corporate travel paid for by clients, a relatively good work-life balance and a generous income that can more than support a single individual.

Looking back, here are some lessons I learned from working in a high paying corporate job before becoming an entrepreneur.

It’s all about confidence

Don’t expect to constantly feel fulfilled

A high paying job and a dream job are not necessarily the same thing.

As a purpose driven individual I always question most things I work on. Why are we doing it this way? Why is it beneficial to the customer? Why can’t we do it this way instead? Unfortunately, there is not always an answer to these questions in large corporations and sometimes it is just a matter of it is the way it is. It can be unfulfilling to not have the ability to do things your own way or learn things you are not interested in but it is part of the job. You do it to do your job really well, not to always feel fulfilled. That is the reality.

Always think about how what you’re doing today will get you to tomorrow

Money isn’t enough motivation

“If you want to be successful in this world, you have to follow your passion not a paycheck.” — Jen Welter, NFL’s first female coach

Take Risks

“The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want right now.” — Zig Ziglar

Hopefully, I’ve planted some thoughts for you to think about as you explore what’s next for you in your career.

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Natasha Varma

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Tech Founder & Business Coach. 🙋 I help service-based business owners attract dream clients. Grab your FREE guide -www.natashavarma.com/stucktosoldoutfreeguide

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Medium's largest active publication, followed by +771K people. Follow to join our community.

Natasha Varma

Written by

Tech Founder & Business Coach. 🙋 I help service-based business owners attract dream clients. Grab your FREE guide -www.natashavarma.com/stucktosoldoutfreeguide

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