Another annoying thing is people choose a job based on salary…..I can admit I have done that in the past, working at Deutsche bank, it was one of the highest paying offers, but then again, I didn’t want to do IT work or engineering work. I wanted to learn about business, building businesses. And I wanted to save to get an MBA and/or start a business….which is exactly what I did do with the money I saved from my first and only fulltime job after college. And it was a good choice for me, I learned alot, as well as saved.
BUT MONEY IS A MEANS to get what you want, not the end goal itself. Sure, it is a globally known “Scorecard. “money talks, bullshit walks” is often what we hear. or “put your money where your mouth is”. Money has become a way for us to SHOW OFF, to show people – hey man, I am awesome, I have so much money now.
Health …..everyone always makes me worry about this part…..working too hard to make money….and u cannot get that back….money cannot buy health.
Happiness – sure there are plenty of things we can do in life to make a lot of money, but would that also make us happy. That is the main question. Would you do illegal things, immoral things, DISGUSTING things to make a lot of money?
- Young kids in urban areas, would you sell drugs to other poor kids to make a million dollars?
- Pretty girls, would you be a porn star, stripper, or prostitute if you could make a million dollars? If it could make you a famous actress?
- Chinese business guy – would you sell fake products if it could make you a millionaire? Or sell your customer’s OEM product to someone else without his permission?
- Internet guy – would you sell sex toys, viagra, or spam email if it could make you millions?
- Wall Street guy – would you cheat a customer out of up-to-date stock news if you could sellout before him? Lie about stock gains, inflate you portfolio?
- Government official – would you take bribes from contractors who want you to choose their bid for a new economical zone?
In my life, I have met all of these kinds of people, really…..in all parts of the world….I engage in conversation. I don’t think of myself as better then the person who chooses these careers, but I ask them why. Sometimes they will say they have to make money for their family. They will say they have no other choice. Or they say they will only do some of these things for a few years until they save enough money to enter a legitimate business…….
Sadly, I dont know if I believe them – I think its because you get addicted or caught up in these industries. You get more money, you think you can keep doing it and then leave later. But there will always be some reason for you to stick around longer. And you will find a way to justify it. That the world gave you a bad opportunity and you had no other choice but to lead the life you are in now. You will blame financial conditions, family, or friends who FORCED you to go this direction in life.
There is a good saying I heard in a fraternity National conference for Delta Tau Delta, something like this:
There is no freedom in today’s America. Freedom in America today is FINANCIAL freedom. And financial freedom is the ability to quit your job at any moment, under any circumstances and be able to live under stable conditions with no additional income for at least a few months. If you cannot do this, then you are a SLAVE TO SOCIETY. you are a slave to your job.
If you do not have the financial freedom to quit your job, then if your boss puts you under a situation where you have to do something you are not comfortable with, but you have to do it for fear of losing your income – YOU ARE A SLAVE.
So for me, I would rather not have millions, or billions, and be able to live the life I want to live. I do not want to be a slave to money. I do not want to be a slave to someone else. Its about cash flow, and having some padding for a rainy day. Then you have power and freedom.
There has been a popular song that just came out by Travis McCoy, Billionaire and here are some lyrics below:
I wanna be a billionaire so fricking bad
Buy all of the things I never had
Uh, I wanna be on the cover of Forbes magazine
Smiling next to Oprah and the Queen
Oh every time I close my eyes
I see my name in shining lights
A different city every night oh
I swear the world better prepare
For when I’m a billionaire
Here is an video from youtube, it is rather inspirational song and poem.
But if you notice, ITS NOT ABOUT BEING A MILLIONAIRE nowadays, is about being a billionaire…..jeez, talk about big goals. Its admirable. But I guess having millions of dollars nowadays isn’t enough. Its gotta be billions.
For me, its about getting by, doing what we love to do, and not being bound to have to be forced to do something we don’t want to do.