September 11


6 Things That Cost More Than This Career Investment

By Sara Canaday

September 11, 2014

career, executive, leadership, leadership development, priorities, professional development, training

It adds up in a hurry. As a professional, you have to put your best foot forward, and spend on the conveniences that make life feasible (heck, maybe even enjoyable), all while juggling your health and sanity. But where does your career figure in all of that?

Take a second to raise your nose from the grindstone (or the yoga mat, or the keyboard) for this reality check.

These things cost MORE than this (simple, wise, accessible) career investment:

1. Your coffee regimen

The average American worker spends over $1,000 annually on our coffee fix. For most of us, it’s worth every drop, er… penny. Just try prying that paper mug from your colleague’s hands at 3:15 in the afternoon – we dare you!

2. Your professional wardrobe

Your appearance is make-it or break-it when it comes to professional success. And with a single custom tailored suit ringing up between $400-$10,000, you can bet your bottom dollar your wardrobe expenses are among the highest of your career-related costs.

3. Organic foods

When’s the last time your Whole Foods receipt didn’t make you shake your head? The high cost of organic foods (though understandable) can leave you wondering if a professional chef is included in the price.

4. Tech gadgets and services

Most of us get twitchy if deprived of a decent wireless signal for too long. (Or maybe it’s time for that coffee fix?) There are 5.7 devices in the average American household. And operating successfully in a wired workplace means we routinely spend a lot of dough on the latest-and-greatest in the tech world.

5. Dry cleaning

It’s a subset of Murphy’s Law, apparently, that the most attractive clothing is always labeled “dry clean only”. Add that to the convenience of having someone else launder and press your (aforementioned, expensive) clothing, and they’ve got you on the hook (or is it hangar?) for more than $500 a year.

6. Your exercise routine

Staying healthy and in peak condition doesn’t come cheap! A glorious physical specimen like you needs equipment. And a place to keep it. And a person to yell at you teach you to get you to use it. Namaste!

The relative necessity of these expenses aside, shouldn’t your career rank somewhere in this mix?

The Career Acceleration Academy is an online offering that helps you identify and treat your professional “blind spots” so you can move forward to the next big thing. Go ahead! You deserve it.

(Pssst! For a limited time, you can save over $200. That’s a lotta java!)


Sara Canaday

About the author

Sara began her journey working full-time while she earned an MBA. As she climbed the ladder of corporate America, she repeatedly observed a surprising phenomenon: the most successful people weren’t necessarily the ones with the highest IQ or best job skills. She recognized instead that career advancement was much more closely linked with how people applied their knowledge and talents — their capacity to collaborate, communicate, and influence others.

Today, Sara is happily fulfilling that commitment as a keynote speaker, author, and executive coach. These venues have given her the opportunity to mentor and support thousands of people in diverse situations, inspiring many of them to move from insight to action with dramatic career results.

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