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Poll: Will you sacrifice salary for a career with purpose?

This was the burning question we tossed into the digital arena of LinkedIn, aiming to spark a debate among the ambitious and the purpose-driven. After all, in an era where the pursuit of meaning often jostles for space with the quest for material wealth, where do our priorities lie?

Poll results

Definitely 42%
Up to 10% lower salary is OK 34%
Up to 30% lower salary is OK 6%
Money is honey for me 17%

A staggering 42% of voters are ready to leap without looking at their bank balance, provided the landing spot resonates with their inner purpose. Another 34% wouldn’t mind a slight dip in their earnings, as long as they can still afford their Netflix subscription and the occasional avocado toast. Only a slim 6% would go as far as a 30% salary cut – talk about commitment! Meanwhile, the 17% who chant “Money is honey for me” might just be the ones keeping the luxury brands in business.

This poll, much like a mirror, reflects our collective psyche about the perennial dance between purpose and paycheck. Do people really believe their careers should echo their core values? Or is the lure of lucre too sweet to pass up? The young guns of our workforce wax lyrical about purpose, yet when the rubber meets the road, does their tread match their talk?

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The pursuit of purpose is a noble one, but let’s not don rose-tinted glasses. The world runs on a complex machinery where passion and pragmatism are gears that must mesh seamlessly. Sacrificing salary for purpose is a luxury not everyone can afford, yet it’s a choice that speaks volumes about our evolving values.

In a world teetering on the brink of existential questions, this poll is a snapshot of a generation at a crossroads. Are we ready to redefine success, or will the age-old allure of affluence hold sway? Only time, and perhaps our next poll, will tell.

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Remember, whether you’re chasing dreams or dividends, the ultimate luxury in life is choice. Use it wisely.

About Narasimhan Santhanam (Narsi)

Narsi, a Director at EAI, Co-founded one of India's first climate tech consulting firm in 2008.

Since then, he has assisted over 250 Indian and International firms, across many climate tech domain Solar, Bio-energy, Green hydrogen, E-Mobility, Green Chemicals.

Narsi works closely with senior and top management corporates and helps then devise strategy and go-to-market plans to benefit from the fast growing Indian Climate tech market.


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