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Old 09-03-2014, 08:46 AM
 
Location: delaware
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I was never about ambition, career, money, success, as primary life goals, and i'm still not. I would choose happiness, but, as some have indicated, it is too limited a choice. One can be happy, without an excess of money, but without health, that level of happiness can be severely diminished.

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Old 09-03-2014, 09:03 AM
 
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Assuming you couldn't have both, would you rather be:

(1) Well off, on track to retire early, hate your career choice (aka, "bored accountant")
(2) Poor, don't know where your paychecks are going to come from, love what you do (aka, "starving musician")
I rather be a bored accountant than a not know where my paycheck came from! You know why? because with the money I'd make at my really boring job, I could support a really cool hobby, or maybe two...Being poor leads nowhere, and shatters any opportunity for betterment that you would otherwise have.

I like to say this to the youth today/and my kids: "daydreaming in your 20's is a sure way to fail your 40's!"
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Old 09-03-2014, 09:15 AM
 
Location: in the miseries
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Depends on how you were brought up.
Poor and happy I used to be,
But having a bit of money I can make myself happy. Reasonably anyway.
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Old 09-03-2014, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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But isnt wealth in the eye of the beholder?

I know I would like to have more money and more love. I know I can't have both at the same time. Love costs money and if I spend more on love then I would be poor. If I spent less on love then I would be miserable. Hmmmmm can I find a happy medium?
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Old 09-03-2014, 09:32 AM
 
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I don't think it works as Op thinks. Boredom but with a outside life rarely causes problems. Financial problems can cause everything from divorce; to depression brought on by stress; to thoughts of suicide .Stuff only brings thrill which quickly fades and has nothing to do with happiness really; IMO.
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Old 09-03-2014, 10:04 AM
 
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Assuming you couldn't have both, would you rather be:

(1) Well off, on track to retire early, hate your career choice (aka, "bored accountant")
(2) Poor, don't know where your paychecks are going to come from, love what you do (aka, "starving musician")
#1- save every penny and retire ASAP in order to pursue the things that make me happy. In the meantime, would need to find a way to make work more enjoyable, make something good out of it, volunteer time, etc. Life is way too short to be miserable.
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Old 09-03-2014, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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Wealthy = Happy. I'll take the money thanks.
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Old 09-03-2014, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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I say wealth allows you the time and opportunity to find happiness.
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Old 09-03-2014, 10:32 AM
 
Location: it depends
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The very wealthiest people I have known have been, for the most part, the happiest people I have known. If you enjoy it, you'll never work a day in your life. Warren Buffett claims to skip to "work" every day. The original post gives us a false choice; the more useful I am to others, the happier I am--and the more money I make.
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Old 09-03-2014, 10:32 AM
 
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Money! It can make me very happy because with it I can help others and THAT makes me happy
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