Take the Bird In Hand?

Bree has a job offer. She has to decide today if she's going to take it. She also has a potential offer in the works that could pay twice as much. Should she wait to see if the other offer comes through?

QUESTION: Bree in Los Angeles has a job offer. She has to decide today if she’s going to take it. She also has a potential offer in the works that could pay twice as much. Should she wait to see if the other offer comes through?

ANSWER: There’s no huge pressure financially. It’s just bird in the hand or bird in the bush.

The dream job would hire you for $30,000 for two years with a promise in writing to make $80,000 after your master’s degree. Do it. Go live the dream. Live the dream. What are you doing? You’re giving up two years of $30,000 to be able to go do what you’re supposed to do, and you don’t need the money to eat anyway.

Very few things in money or life make sense when you trade the future for the now. When you do a bad future to get a good now, very seldom is that a good move. Take the bad now to get the good future. Everybody pays a price to live and to win. That’s what I would do. That’s a quick radio analysis of your whole life, so be careful. You’ve got to go prayerfully make a good decision. But my input is based on those numbers and the fact that it’s your dream job—it’s where you want to go, it’s what you want to do, it’s who you want to be when you grow up, so to speak—then yeah, give up a little money now to get on the track to that $80,000 and to finish the master’s and to get to do what you want to do. Absolutely. All of those things make sense. Always delay pleasure. One definition of maturity is learning to delay pleasure.

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