Why high total compensation doesn’t make anyone happy?
i have realized that TC (total comp) doesnt matter after a certain point. i am in early 30s, married, and i stopped asking and caring about what my peers are earning. When i look back at my life, i would have never imagined to earn as much as i am doing right now in this age. But i still see alot of greediness around me. I am really happy about my TC even though i know i can earn 1.5x more by switching jobs etc.
I have barely seen a post on Blind where people say that i am happy with my TC and life. Once i stopped optimizing for TC, my perspective on life changed. I would suggest everyone, dont just try to earn money but also figure it out how to spend it - not on expensive cars and houses - but something more meaningful like donating 10% of your TC to the charity you believe in or travel across the world or may be just spend it on your new hobby. TC doesnt make any difference in your life unless you know how to use it.
I would actually love to take a job that has lower TC but gives me more timeoff (~2-3 months in an year) and enables me to create a wider and direct impact in the community.
I would love to hear more from both sides:
1. if you are earning over 200k+ - why do you need more TC? dont mention house, kids college tuition.
2. If you are really content with your life, what is it that makes you content and happy? I can be anything like good kids, happy relationship, loving spouse/partner, career opportunities. If it is higher TC, then answer #1.
UPDATE: i shared my further thoughts as a comment answering some of FAQs people were asking me based on original post and DMs i received.