During our college placement season, many of us were fixated on the salaries. If a company offered even Rs 2,000 more, it felt infinitely more attractive.
But looking back, the initial salary had practically zero correlation with how well people did in life.
Some who went to companies like Infosys grew in their roles and made good money from stock grants. Others became mighty rich by joining companies like Amazon and FB that were growing really fast.
But in almost all cases, professional success came not from the starting point but the progress.
A great job should offer career growth or learning, and ideally both. If you are getting neither, you might want to think hard.
In any journey, what matters is not the starting point but forward velocity.
Over time, velocity trumps everything.