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6 things I care about more than making six figures

I’m diving into a topic that I’ve wanted to chat about since I had this idea for this podcast: six things I care more about than making six figures.

In the online business world, there’s constant chatter about hitting those six, multi-six, or even seven-figure milestones. Honestly, I’m not great at math, and I sometimes have to count the zeros in my head to figure out if people are talking about $100K, $500K, or a million.

I wanted to do this episode because not everyone makes six figures, whether in net or gross revenue. Not everyone wants to, either. This episode is for you if you’ve ever felt less-than because of your revenue, if money isn’t your biggest motivator in your business, if you’re tired of people always bragging about their numbers, or if anyone has ever made you feel bad about your financial goals.

My business journey

Before I ventured out on my own in February 2020, I had a nine-to-five job where I made the most money I ever had in my career. I was getting paychecks that were more than double what I used to earn, but I was deeply unhappy. The job wasn’t a good fit, and I felt a strong desire to do something more aligned with my passion and skills. Initially, I thought I was going to be a motivational speaker, which was my first stab at owning a business.

This journey, full of trial and error, eventually led me to where I am now. So, let’s dive into the six things I care about more than making six figures. My goal is to help you feel validated if this resonates with you.

6 things I care about more than making six figures

1. Time

Time is my most valued asset. Many business owners talk about working just 20 hours a week and making a fortune. While that sounds great, I’ve realized that time, for me, isn’t about working as little as possible. Yes, having more free time is fantastic, but I often find myself working 40, 50, or even 60 hours a week.

The key is that I choose how to spend my time. I control my schedule, which means no more being bound by someone else’s rules. I can run errands when I need to, work late if I want, and take breaks when I need them. This flexibility is priceless.

2. Purpose

In previous jobs, I often found myself doing tasks without understanding their purpose. Now, I help people through my courses and done-for-you work, and I see real results from my efforts. This sense of purpose is incredibly fulfilling. A few years ago, everything clicked for me, and I realized I was doing exactly what I was meant to do. Helping others find and connect with their ideal clients is a passion that goes beyond any financial reward.

3. Daily happiness

We spend a significant portion of our lives working, so it’s crucial to enjoy what we do. Even on challenging days, I genuinely love my work. Whether it’s creating course content, developing branding concepts, or interacting with fellow business owners, these activities bring me joy. They fill my cup, and that’s something I wouldn’t trade for anything.

4. Connection

Maintaining strong connections with my family, friends, and partner is vital. I wouldn’t sacrifice these relationships for any amount of money. Many high-paying jobs come at the expense of personal time, but I want a business that supports my personal life, not one that detracts from it. The love and support from those close to me keep me going and are far more valuable than making six figures.

5. Inner peace

At the end of the day, I want to lay my head on my pillow and feel at peace. I’ve had jobs where I was asked to do things that didn’t sit well with me, leading to inner turmoil.

In my business, I know I’m helping people ethically and positively, which allows me to sleep well at night. This inner peace is something that’s honestly priceless.

6. Self-love

I spend a lot of time alone, working on my business. It’s essential that I love and respect myself.

Throughout my twenties, I dealt with a lot of anger and frustration that I didn’t fully understand. Now, I’m much happier and at peace with myself. This self-love and acceptance are more important to me than any financial milestone.

Could making six figures buy happiness?

So, does money buy happiness? I want to acknowledge that money can eliminate many stresses and provide a more comfortable life. It offers the freedom to travel, dine out without worrying about the bill, and meet basic needs without anxiety. However, if you’re not happy now, money alone won’t change that. True happiness comes from within and from the values that matter most to you.

My main motivation in business revolves around time, purpose, daily happiness, connection, inner peace, and self-love. Money does provide benefits, but I won’t sacrifice these core values for financial gain.

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First off, Felter’s personality and outlook on business is fab! Second, I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the first 3 episodes and dang, they’re spot on. Felter breaks down daunting topics into bite sized chunks. She draws upon past experiences, which is so relatable and makes me feel less alone. A must-listen for business owners!

– Olivia | The Resume Fox, Apple Podcasts

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