Advice: Should I take a job that will double my current comp but will bring way more stress?

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Dear Quota Team, 

I’ve been in sales for over ten years, and with my current company for just under three. I have to say that it’s not only the best sales job I’ve ever had, it’s the best job, period. My managers and I get along great, they put a lot of trust in me, and I have a ton of flexibility when it comes to working from home and taking time off as needed. 

You’re probably wondering what I could possibly be complaining about, right? Here’s the deal. A friend who I worked with at a previous company is now a VP of Sales for a really successful, fast-growth business which is in a similar space to the one I work at, but not exactly the same type of sale. He and his sales director are trying to recruit me to leave my company and join them, and, get this, offering to DOUBLE my base, with a comp plan that would basically also double my income. 

All my friends are saying I’d be crazy not to take it, but my husband, who knows me better than anyone in the world, thinks I should weigh the pros and cons thoroughly before making a decision. This new role would definitely be more demanding, higher-stress, and a different company culture, with a lot of younger people (my current company is mostly people my age or older). What should I do?! I don’t want to make a decision that I’ll regret. Help!   

Conflicted in Massachusetts   


Dear Conflicted, 

Your husband sounds like a smart man, because he understands something that only comes with a bit of wisdom: the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Your first paragraph says a lot about why this is a difficult decision for you to make -- how many people can say they have the best job they’ve ever had in their life? For most of us, it’s something we don’t realize until it’s long gone. 

Here is the big question that you need to ask yourself: what do you value? You probably value money to some degree, otherwise it’s unlikely that you’d be working in sales. But is that what you value most? Because if it’s not, and you derive happiness and meaning from working at a place where you’re appreciated, trusted, and given flexibility, then the money won’t make you feel any better, it’ll just allow you to, well… have more money! 

For some, it might be an easy decision to make. But for those who have jumped ship for an opportunity that seemed too good to be true only to find out that it was, it’s not as cut and dry. You can always approach your current employer and let them know you’re being recruited and see if they can bump up your base or OTE. If they’re as generous and open as they sound, it shouldn’t be a difficult thing to bring up. But whatever you decide to do, make sure you give the decision the seriousness it deserves.

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