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Your Greatest Financial Assets: Where Does Your Job Rank?

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Recognizing your greatest financial assets could help you boost your career tomorrow.

A few years ago, I read a magazine article that shared the results of an informal online survey. The question was, “What do you consider to be your greatest financial asset?”

Over 700 responded, and the top three answers were as follows:

  1. Good Health (36%)
  2. Your House (22%)
  3. Retirement Savings (18%)

Below the top eight responses were seven others listed in the fine print. Then, I saw something that astonished me. Evidently, less than one percent of total respondents had chosen “Your Job” as their greatest financial asset.

This made no sense to me.  I remember thinking about my employer, who provided:

  • Health insurance – covered 90-100% of our family’s medical expenses
  • Salary – enabled me to pay the mortgage on our house
  • Retirement Savings – contributing over 90% to my 401 (K) account

In other words, thanks to my job, my employer supported each of the top three chosen by many (76% of respondents) to be their greatest financial assets.

If you want to do something to boost your career quickly, adopt a new “mindset” and take it to work with you tomorrow.

Here’s one idea:

Treat your job as if it is one of your greatest financial assets…

…because it is.

When I consider the most successful individuals I have known throughout my career, each one valued their employment. Their performance at work demonstrated that sense of value. As a result, they advanced throughout their careers.

In short, how you treat your job matters.

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About the Author: David Cox

David Cox is a Co-owner of TPB Business Copyediting. He writes to encourage us to apply our multidisciplinary training and experiences to develop our current career role further.