Why earning £200,000 a year is not enough.

Really. It falls completely short.

Let me explain.

Having grown up with nothing, money security matters.

For this reason, climbing the pay scale in my teaching career was as important as achieving high-quality results in my professional work. Each appraisal cycle, I set myself ambitious targets. I needed challenge. I like goals and get bored quickly when I cannot progress.

Alongside climbing the ranks – teacher, Advanced Skills Teacher, school leader, deputy head, Headteacher – I also plotted salary targets to meet the goal of a 6-figure income by retirement age.

Success is measured by wealth.

There is just one problem with this theory. It is not true. Or at least not exactly.

  • Wealth – lots of money, nice home, fast car, luxury holidays… an enviable lifestyle.
  • Wealth – home, family, friends, happiness, financial security… an enviable lifestyle.

The trouble with pursuing financial goals is that there is never a point where the target ends. With each milestone reached, the next target is set.

The trouble with pursuing career ranks is that there is never a point where the target ends. With each success, the next target is set.

It is not a target that is set. What you are setting is a trap!

Are you trapped in a career because you cannot see a way to escape?

How will you find another job that pays the salary to which you have become accustomed?

Can you really “start again” when you have already risen to a good position in your career?

Some targets come with a big price tag.

Endlessly chasing a moving target that leaves you unsatisfied and trapped in a life you no longer live in a way that makes you happy.

A life that is only enviable by others who cannot see your hurt or the price you pay daily.

But what if you were to pursue a wonderful quality of life in which your career fits perfectly into place? What would that be worth to you?

For me, it is priceless.

And earning £200,000 a year will never be enough to make me fall into the trap of mistaking the type of wealth that is truly enviable.

Do you want real career success?

Do you crave leaving the trappings behind and living a life of your dreams?

Message me to get your dream started.



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I first worked with Will whilst I was a junior member of a teaching team. I worked closely with him for around three years and he became a true mentor to me. During this time Will helped encourage me to discover my own leadership style and he mapped out what it takes to be successful. I highly recommend Will for life and career coaching.

Will is a professional, natural leader who manages to make you feel at ease. He manages to be both emphatic and encouraging, whilst also managing to challenge you to find your own answers. Will’s approach is totally non-judgmental and the sessions are really focused on you and on what you want to achieve. Working with Will has allowed me to address challenges I was facing and he brought a wealth of resources and practical tools to help me set goals, clarify my values, and explore avenues right away. Even though I left teaching 5 years ago, I still seek out Will for his help and guidance and I appreciate his versatility as a thought partner, ally, and coach. Our sessions are always productive and efficiently run, which is perfect for someone who is juggling many priorities! Will brings great communication, professionalism and quality to his work and I highly recommend him as a life/business coach.
- Jamie T (Leadership Coaching)

Highly recommended

I am so glad I found Mapleleaf Vision! Will has been super supportive and understood exactly what I needed to help me to redirect my focus. I now have fresh enthusiasm for what lies ahead.
- Greg M (Life Coaching)


Will at Mapleleaf vision fitted me in for a last minute decision-making session that I needed to make ASAP re. a job offer / career change. He was friendly, professional, and really knew his stuff! He unpicked things that I could never have done on my own. I’m so grateful to him & will be highly recommending him to everyone! Where there is a ‘Will’, there’s a way! Thank you, Will. You truly have a gift.
- Cat K (Career Coaching)