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Old 07-14-2011, 12:33 AM
 
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I know "success" if relative, but when it comes to wanting to make a big splash financially (unless your got a rich piggy bank to support you), it seems like it a lot of personal lives fall into the crapper during the climb to success.

From an entrepreneur to a doctor to a executive, can you realistically have it all? What if kids are involved? How do you manage it? Time limits our capabilities, especially when you take away our time to sleep.
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Old 07-14-2011, 01:28 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Yes, it does fall in the crapper. So does your health. It's just the trade-off you make. And then you get to listen to people whine about how you don't deserve to keep the money you made.

Eventually, though, the goal is to get to a point in which you can have a balance. But there will be many years that you can't.
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Old 07-14-2011, 05:31 AM
 
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I know "success" if relative, but when it comes to wanting to make a big splash financially (unless your got a rich piggy bank to support you), it seems like it a lot of personal lives fall into the crapper during the climb to success.

From an entrepreneur to a doctor to a executive, can you realistically have it all? What if kids are involved? How do you manage it? Time limits our capabilities, especially when you take away our time to sleep.
What you said above is so true And yes I myself have personally had direct experience with exactly that.
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Old 07-14-2011, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Reno, NV
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What's financial success to you? How much is necessary? 100k? 250k? 1M? If you can be satisfied with the 100-150k range, you can have a 9 to 5 job that pays that, and have plenty of time for a personal life and family.

If you are self-employed or an entrepreneur, you can make considerably more in the right profession or business (if you're a little lucky and a lot skilled), and eventually have a lot more free time to enjoy your income. However, for considerably higher levels of income, you usually have to spend more time on the job and sacrifice something of the personal - not always, but it gets harder and harder the larger or faster-growing your "empire" becomes.

Ultimately, you have to decide the relative importance of work vs. personal, and figure out where your happiness truly derives.
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Old 07-14-2011, 06:02 AM
 
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I tried clawing my way to the top 20 years ago and it cost me dearly. Nearly lost my marriage and ended up having 2 strokes.

Of the people I do know "at the top", all have been thru divorces and are distant to their children. That doesn't mean some people enjoy the luxury of both, but I think it's the exception and not the rule.
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Old 07-14-2011, 07:12 AM
 
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If we didn't start out so late in life financial success would have been more feasible. I have a few colleagues that worked at start-ups and were allowed to have stocks in lieu of other perks. It paid off well for them. That's not an option for us. Since we're behind, we need the 401k and retirement plan. Plus, the economy is in the crapper, so the opportunities available 10-15 years ago aren't as a abundant. We'll have to make due like most folk.
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:16 AM
 
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I know "success" if relative, but when it comes to wanting to make a big splash financially (unless your got a rich piggy bank to support you), it seems like it a lot of personal lives fall into the crapper during the climb to success.

From an entrepreneur to a doctor to a executive, can you realistically have it all? What if kids are involved? How do you manage it? Time limits our capabilities, especially when you take away our time to sleep.
Yes, of course you can have it all
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:38 AM
 
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Can you get what you want out of life? It depends what the heck you want. You're either living or dead, there is no A, B, C, D, F report card.
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Apparently for me, I cannot.

When my career was doing well, I had no love life and was half miserable because of it.

Soon as I found love, my career fell to hell and I am still trying to pick up the peices and rebuild.

I have often wondered, when my career does beging to accelerate, will my love life keel over again?
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Tiger Woods??? Hellooooo?
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