Would you rather…
Work at a job where you aren’t allowed to do ANYTHING all day (no smartphones, NOTHING) but make tons of money…?
Work at a job where you are challenged and happy but make a reasonable amount?
I’d pick the latter.
A job to me, isn’t just about the money
I know I joke about this a lot and say that I am not interested in the work being offered, I am interested in the MONEY being paid to me, but it’s true.
I was once working at a client, billing $30,000 a month and all I wanted to do was quit.
I hated the project, I hated the environment, it was very stressful, they were unreasonable and I had to still stay cool and professional throughout it all (which really tested my patience).
It was extremely lucrative but it just grated on my sanity and I would rather have been on a project where I made less money (my normal amount) and to have had a much happier work environment.
Sometimes, the money really isn’t worth it
I know this sounds ridiculous to people who are salivating over being able to make what is basically a year’s wage in a month, but having been there and done that, no matter how much you remind yourself of how much you’re making an hour, it is sometimes NOT WORTH IT.
A job isn’t just about the salary, it’s about working with others in a friendly environment, being able to wake up and bounce out of bed eager to get to work and to feel like you are excelling.
Otherwise, it’s a lot of time (40 hours a week) to be spending in an environment that makes you wish you were anywhere but there.
Your sanity is worth a price as well.
This is why I question whether or not I could really retire
Having been benched a lot, I question whether or not I could really retire. Even with all the money and the time in the world to travel, shop and do whatever I want, I’d still feel like something is missing.
If I couldn’t work at my job or didn’t want to, but was financially set for life, I’d probably try and start a non-profit teaching children and young adults about money management.
Or volunteer somewhere.
There is something to be said for wanting to feel like you are needed and making a difference.
Maybe that’s why royal families and children in those families end up volunteering and trying to do something with their lives rather than just being rich.
Frankly, I’d hate to be a royal.
It looks and sounds glamourous, but to travel all the time, have to always look perfect, be perfect, be the role model and icon for your country and family, and go to all of these events (some of which you don’t want to go to), and be ON all the time sounds like a nightmare to me.
It’s a real job (even if some of us think it’s useless) but I wouldn’t want to do it.