Would you take less pay to have a meaningful job?

Jason Vitug
3 min readJun 2, 2023

This doesn’t surprise me. Does it surprise you?

Former President Obama has been talking to people about working and shared that work is vital to wellbeing. #thisisworking

I can attest through my conversations across the country and research for the book that people are searching for more meaningful work. Against the suggestions of the talking heads in the media, people are willing for a little less pay if they can do work with more meaning.

There’s a lot of fanfare about retiring, but people want to retire from horrible managers and bad jobs. We need to feel productive because that is part of our dimensions of wellness.

It affects our wellbeing.

In Happy Money Happy Life, I wrote a chapter titled Happy Work (occupational wellness), I talked about this. Here’s an excerpt and a conversation with recruiting experts Michelle Phan

“Don’t think of retirement as the end goal.

Let’s talk about retirement as it relates to your work. It’s the one aspect of working lives that people dream about reaching. But most people don’t actually want to retire. They want to do something else with their life. Being financially healthy allows you the freedom to choose to retire.

Retirement isn’t an age but a financial number. I encourage people to get their finances healthy, so work becomes optional. You get to choose the type of work, the people you work with, and the…



Jason Vitug

Happiness and wellness advocate. Founder phroogal.com, creator Road to Financial Wellness. Preorder Happy Money Happy Life > https://www.phroogal.com/happy