More than a Paycheck


Jake Sumner for Blueprint for Life reminds us to not overlook the intangible benefits that a job provides.

For the vast majority of people, the primary purpose of a job is to provide income to cover living expenses. Every month when bills come in, this fact is abundantly clear. While earning a paycheck is necessary, there are several intangible benefits a job provides that should not be overlooked.


Whether it is travel, learning a new skill, or participating in a new project, your job can provide you with experiences for personal and professional growth that you would never gain otherwise. More than just a chance to build your resume, these opportunities can prepare you for the future. What are the unique experiences your job gives provides you?


Working with a group of people allows you to participate in something bigger than yourself. You have the opportunity to make a greater impact than if you just worked alone. Ecclesiastes 4:9 reminds us that “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor.”
Does your job allow you to participate in a mission you believe in?

Realized Potential

Most likely, you were hired at your current job because someone saw potential in you. Your career gives you the opportunity to bring this potential to life. In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell proposes that it takes 10,000 hours of practice for one to achieve mastery of a particular skill. In what skill are you building 10,000 hours of experience?


Everyday at work you have the opportunity to interact with people both inside and outside your company. The relationships you build with co-workers can be invaluable. You never know who you may interact with during the course of a day. Are you intentional about investing in work-related relationships?

As you evaluate your current job and the direction of your career, salary is always an important consideration, but the above intangibles provide so much more than a paycheck. Recognizing these benefits can increase your current job satisfaction and help you evaluate new opportunities. What does your job offer beyond your paycheck?

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