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Old 09-02-2014, 09:48 PM
 
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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")
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:49 PM
 
Location: southern california
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money first deal with the unhappiness a little at a time.
whenever i have been happy happy happy disneyland happy, a mack truck hit me on the way out the exit
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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I'd rather be poor and happy. This was really driven home when I went to South Africa for a two-week work assignment. We got to be friends with the fellow who guarded the hotel parking lot. It started out with him teaching us some Zulu phrases. Eventually, he invited several of us to his home to meet his family and share a meal with them. South Africans, (the blacks anyway), are the poorest people I have ever meet . . . and also the happiest that I have ever met. They enjoy life to the fullest . . . and have nothing, (in a material sense).

Personally, I have been blessed. I have a "job" that I love and am compensated more than I deserve.
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Old 09-02-2014, 10:31 PM
 
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as long as i'm on track to retire early i'll take choice #1 and then do what i want when i retire.
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Old 09-02-2014, 10:38 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Poor and happy. With a bit of imagination a person can find plenty of things to do. The old saying that The Best Things in Life are Free is true. Money cannot buy happiness. Of course, I would like both happiness AND money but that wasn't the question.

You need to have enough money for health care and for a cozy home, for a reliable car, for food and clothing. It would be good to have enough money for some travel and a few luxuries but there is a limit where it becomes meaningless and enough is enough.
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Old 09-02-2014, 10:46 PM
 
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Money means nothing if you are not happy.
Cases in point all the "celebrities" who have a lot of money and still commit suicide because they also have some of the same problems as everyone else on the planet.
Money issues, divorce costs, alimony, depression, lack of work, upkeep on a very expensive home, regular bills to pay, credit card debt, employees to pay and the list goes on.

I bet most of them were a lot happier when they were struggling financially but had steady work and friends they knew were really friends along with family that treated them like family not like a money tree.
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Old 09-02-2014, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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I'd rather be wealthy, then I could afford those little blue pills and be really happy.
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Old 09-02-2014, 11:46 PM
 
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Happiness all the way. Poor, broke and happy is better than wealthy, stressed and unhappy. I'd like to find a happy medium
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:03 AM
 
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Would I be happy or right?

Happy.
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Old 09-03-2014, 04:04 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Happy, of course... there are excellent careers that you can have BOTH, as well as retirement choices (healthcare helps). Tough to watch your friends and spouse die W/o access to Healthcare... but such is life in this 'Developed Country'

Grin n' bear it. It will be over sooner than you expect. (Better be happy!)

It has been said... once you are over age 50... you are no longer 'wasting-your-time' doing stuff (like jobs) that you dislike... You are NOW wasting your life.... time marches on! Your clock will eventually stop!
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