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Two key questions, in life, to ask oneself:

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  1. DHart

    DHart Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    Key questions, in life, to ask oneself:

    1) Would you continue to do the same line of work, if you suddenly became independently very wealthy? Because you love the work so much, it enriches your life such that you'd do it even if you no longer needed the income from it?

    2) Would you be with the same partner, if you became independently very wealthy, and had no concern for changes to your financial situation, should you leave that relationship?

    If you can answer yes to those two questions, you're a very fortunate person!

    If you answer "no" to either... hopefully you have the time and wherewithal to make some changes?

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    One's working life consumes nearly all of one's most productive/energetic hours in life. Sad to spend such a huge portion of one's only life on earth doing work that isn't true to one's soul and passion.

    When I was a fairly young man, I was fortunate to be presented with these two questions and heed my answers.
     
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  2. twangking

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  3. Wulf

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    I like your threads...always thought evoking
    had i been independently wealthy...yes..i worked for family business for years...as well as gigging
    same with second...my wife always encouraged me to play music..she liked it
    she is no longer with us...cancer got her at 26
    family business closed...had other jobs doing the same thing...made redundant due to "current shenanigans"

    Without either of those things I wouldnt have this lilmonster to be proud of either
    My daughter...Sadie
     
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    36....at least think it was 36!
     
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    Edgar Allan Presley Friend of Leo's

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    I feel defensive when I think about the first question, so I probably need to spend more time with it. If I hadn't needed the money, I definitely wouldn't have gone into my profession. But that would have been a loss. I'm pretty glad I wasn't rich--I don't think I would have dealt with my ADHD and made something of myself, because that was (is) really hard. I probably would have drifted instead and done nothing in particular.

    I work for rich people a lot, and it seems really hard for them to maintain perspective, humility, and gratitude. Some do it, but camel, eye of needle, etc. Most of us who don't struggle to survive find other struggles somehow. Life has ways of taking our sense of safety and control away, and rich people cling to their sense of safety and control as much or more than the rest of us.
     
  6. MarkieMark

    MarkieMark Friend of Leo's

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    Hmm.

    Still stuck at-
    A: "where am I?"
    B: "How did I get here?"

    Anyway... My answer the the Q as presented-

    A: Heck no!
    While my career has provided a reasonable middle class income and pretty good life, it is hard work and has had multiple and cumulative negative physical effects that are coming to a head...
    If I were independently wealthy and didnt need to exchange physical health for sustenance and a good life...
    I would like to think I would be more philanthropic and socially involved otherwise.

    B: Second try but yeah...
    My wife is my life. My "reason to be"
    I wont bore anyone with the details, but yeah. i am blessed.

    (And evidence- she has no idea I said that!)
     
  7. REWTX

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    I like what I do for a living but I have to say no to #1 and that would free up more time for #2 which there is no question that I would say yes to.
     
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  8. tarheelbob

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    1. No. Not anymore. That race has been run. But, I am not a "young man" anymore as you are presenting these questions.
    2. Yes



    - Bob
     
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    Yes and yes.

    And yes, I am blessed.

    And no, I don't deserve any of this contentment.
    But I'll take it, gratefully.

    :)
     
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    No. I have a steady job, security is important to me as I have young kids. If I was wealthy and didn't need to work I'd spend more time working on the bucket list.

    Yes. She's perfect and I wouldn't change a thing.
     
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    Nice ice breaker.
    #1) maybe not. I was L.E.O. and dedicated to equality...but there is a toll.
    #2) Yes. No doubt.

    So, overall, I am the sum of my experience and nobody can do me better.
     
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    No to #1, yes to #2
    I’m ready to retire and can live out my life and play guitar without working

    I’m stuck with Jackie and she’s stuck with me. It’s not a bad thing in any way
     
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    Yes and yes, and I am aware every day of how fortunate I am to be able to say that.
     
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    Some days I really hate my job. Who's with me?!

    Change that? I'm almost 60, and there aren't many alternatives in my town for similar pay. I'd like to retire one day!
     
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    Yes, I would still be a doctor but I think I would have stayed in the ER instead of specializing. Thank God I never have to do another colonoscopy!

    And, yes, I feel like I’m the luckiest man alive every time I look at my wife, the kids, the grandkids, etc.
     
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    Should I change my underwear?

    Am I even wearing underwear?

    I have everything I need. I’d buy a ton of land and the wife and I would be recluses if we fell into a pile of cash.

    Probably spend most of it fortifying the homestead with underground bunkers, redundant preps, and a Chef Boyardee barn. I would get a Garmin GPS watch but be too busy to take it out of the package.

    They would miss me at work.

    Who wouldn’t want to see what a constellation of Ring doorbell cameras would reveal hermetically sealed beneath the fathoms of a catfish pond?

    Wife and I would play drone wars outside, watch Gunsmoke.
     
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    Of course your job sucks buttercup-that's why they pay you to do it

    The second part of that is only a distant memory, but, to me, my partner was never tied to my money or lack of it
     
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    No 1: hell, no.

    No 2: i'd be a damn fool if i wasn't.
     
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    1. No. I'd practice Law, most likely for social justice.
    2. Absolutely. I'd feel bad for myself and my partner if my partner wasn't what I really wanted in life. I am blessed this way.
     
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