I've been a professional software developer for over 8 years, and a developer even longer than that. I've worked for Fortune 500 companies and bootstrap startups. One of the many things I've learned on my journey through the plethora of companies:
Cash is king, and my efforts are rarely rewarded with it.
I need to value my time so that I can provide more for my family and ultimately live the life I want to live. This includes moving away from opportunities that would otherwise be deemed as "good." Although I have a good job now, I am slowly realizing I need to hustle even more, but at what expense? Family, time, and experiences. Life right now is a constant balancing act between what you "have" to do and what you "want" to do. I assume the trick is to get the "have" and "want" to line up.
The thing that baffles me is that although I have a steady income, I save a good portion of my income, my pursuit of the American Dream seems to constantly be out of reach, and I am somebody who feels blessed and fortunate to be where I am at in life. Actually, as a software developer I have one of the top rated jobs in America. I can't imagine the frustration for anybody who has to try to achieve the American Dream on less than what I have. I've come a long way, but something doesn't feel right. Am I doing something wrong and not seeing it?