I beg to differ. Maybe not for all the people who want to work for money, but for me.

I’m currently in a stage of my life where I am looking for a job for the money. I think it’s the most honest I have been. I’m sending out applications, writing personal statements and doing all the hustle because I want the money.


I also will give my all. I will work to the best of my abilities and even more. I will learn fast, grow, adapt, make suggestions to improve the work environment, and when I see what could be done to increase output, I’ll bring it up to management.

Facts, too.

I want to live a life where I do what I want. I realize that I need to pay the price for that. It may be working 3–4 jobs like you, or doing rote work.

Maybe I can say this now because I have never been in your position. But as an immigrant to the US, I now understand a lot of adulting I wasn’t ready for.

Your piece shows how much you’ve used those events to grow. I admire your honesty as well. But, I disagree that money cannot be a motivator to do good work.

When you have nothing to go with, money may be what lights that fire.

Cameroonian writer and video creator. Featured in LEVEL and P.S. I Love You. I write about building relationships and personal transformation.

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