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You Usually Get What You Pay For

I'm a guy who likes free. Free games, free advice, free books from the library, I love that stuff.

But you often get what you pay for, and the older I get the more I'm willing to pay for quality. If you have a wedding, you want to have a professional photographer present, because the random pictures from uncle Joe's 5-year-old smartphone may not look the greatest sitting over the mantle.

And here's the picture of what I drank just before the wedding…

I had a guy in his thirties ask about changing careers last night on our discord chat. He wanted community support, and I ended up suggesting our career testing package. He went on a rant about how he didn't want to pay anything and was annoyed that I suggested something that cost money.

I wished him luck and genuinely hope he figures it out.

The thing is, this is a guy in his thirties who said he's been trying to figure out what he wants to do for the last few decades. Yet he isn't willing to cough up the price of a nice meal to figure out the best career for himself.

He's talking about a decision that can easily add or subtract tens of thousands of dollars to your income, and he wants to leave that to a bunch of random people on the internet to help him figure it out.

I'm a professional career coach, and I doubt I would be able to help him much through a short chat session.

No one will.

Sure he could discuss what he likes and get some ideas from other members. But you're comparing that against a professional test that takes a half-hour to complete and then ranks roughly 800 career paths based on your personality & preferences.

The tool shows you the current job demand for each career path, projected salaries, and videos on how to break into the field. In short, it's something that takes a lot of work to support, and that's not free.

He could try some free tests, but as a business owner who has worked with marketing, I know perfectly well that most of those tests are just designed to get your contact info so the company can sell you their products.

Free is ok for fun, but like uncle Joe at your wedding taking pictures on his five-year-old smartphone, I wouldn't trust it when it's a critical moment. Sometimes you get what you pay for.

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Don Smith
 

Don Smith is a career and leadership coach helping people lead well at home and work. To work with Don, please click here.

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