Some time ago I was discussing the advantages and disadvantages of job advancement through on-the-job experience. In the discussion, I noted that career advancement does not equate to job satisfaction. I have always advocated that you need to look at where you are and where you will be in the next year and the next three years. In doing so, this doesn’t mean that you should be focusing on a means to continuously progress up the ladder of success. For many, success and job satisfaction don’t always go together. Success doesn’t always equal job satisfaction but instead becomes a burden.
The building industry is full of success stories individuals who have been able to advance up through the ranks. Those who have done so have probably supplemented their on-the-job experience with more formal education along the way. At the same time there are probably as many, if not more, stories of individuals who passed their point of peak proficiency and attained a level of ineffectiveness and/or dissatisfaction with their current job. There are enough reasons to fill a book on why this happens but I will touch on one specific reason: A person wants to succeed without recognizing the importance of job satisfaction, focusing only on achieving financial success.