The Hidden Cost of Not Taking Action

People have strong beliefs about the amount of time and money they're willing to invest to change their career for the better.

But there’s a key calculation most fail to factor in: The cost of not taking action.

I invite you to consider what your current career is costing you:

  • The dollar cost of limited growth potential and earning less than you deserve

  • The mental cost of feeling exhausted and drained

  • The psychological cost of feeling exposed, under pressure, and stripped of confidence

  • The physical cost of lost sleep, stress, anxiety, and health issues

  • The emotional toll on your personal relationships

  • The message all of this sends to your kids

Now multiply these costs by every day you spend not investing in a better outcome.

That’s the real cost of an unfulfilling career.


I don’t know about you, but when I account for all the years I stayed in a mind-numbing, soul-crushing career simply for the paycheck, I come up with an alarming tab.

Our happiness is priceless. Yet we don't treat it like the rare and prized jewel it is.

Why are we so cheap when it comes to our own long-term happiness, yet so willing to overpay in all the wrong areas?

When we make any investment, we ask, “Is this worth it?” When we invest in ourselves, it becomes, “Am I worth it?”

For some, this question comes and goes without awareness. But for many, it reveals a powerfully-destructive belief that your time and money will be wasted:

“It’s too late.” “I’ll have to start over.” “I’m afraid I’ll have to take a pay cut.” “I’m not sure what I want let alone whether it actually exists.”

Notice how these thoughts focus on how investing in yourself won’t work.

If you don’t believe in your ability to exponentially improve your life and career, no investment will be worth it. When you believe, any investment is TOTALLY worth it.

The money and time we spend reflects our beliefs, priorities, and values. What are your expenditures saying?

People that don’t believe in themselves invest in distractions, escapes, and quick fixes. They spend tens of thousands on their children’s education but balk at spending “too much” on themselves. They’d buy a custom-made couch but wouldn’t invest that same amount in pursuing a custom-made career.

They don’t do the math that every day they operate from this place moves them further away from what they want.

By contrast, people who believe in themselves make investments in their personal growth today that pay dividends for the rest of their lives—within their career and outside of it.

They invest whatever it takes. Then they DO whatever it takes. They know they’re meant for something greater...and they have the power to make it happen.

So, if you know you're meant for something greater in your career and believe in your power to improve it, I urge you to ask:

  • What’s it worth to have everything you want in your career?

  • What’s it costing you to not make a change?

Comment below and tell me what you came up with.

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Author Bio: 

Before becoming a coach, Caroline worked in management consulting and financial services. She's made it her mission to help people grow, contribute, and get wherever they want to go.

Caroline wants women to recognize how much power they truly have to define their careers. The life and career you want really is possible once you have the roadmap. Take the first step by downloading her free guide.

She’s also a tennis fanatic, aspiring Minimalist, FIRE (Financial Independence and Retire Early) enthusiast, and Aloha Spirit seeker 🤙. She loves to share stories from her unconventional life and career focused on freedom, creativity, fun, health, family, and community. If she can do it, you can, too.