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Your Take: Is Being Rich Really The Point?
Posted By Jim On 04/11/2008 @ 7:07 am In Your Take | 20 Comments
Mrs. Micah , a great personal finance blog with a wonderfully personal touch to it and one of the blogs in my “Must Read” list, recently referred to a conversation on The Simple Dollar  about the middle class. In her response, titled What’s Wrong With Being in the Middle Class? , she says:
Ideally, yes, I’d like to never have to work another day in my life. It’d be nice not to have to worry about money (though I’d still be careful how I spent it). But I know that I would still work because there are certain types of work I find challenging and meaningful.
I think many people aspire to be independently wealthy, able to do whatever they want, but fail to recognize that having a job and financial responsibilities puts structure in their lives. They fail to realize that, in the absence of that structure, very few of us become Tim Ferriss’s  and more of us would share the fate of this unfortunate lottery winner .
Having to wake up to go to work, having 8+ hours of your day occupied, and having little time to get yourself into trouble is a comforting thing. You may not like it, but the reality is that you probably would be hard pressed to fill up a day if you didn’t have a job or a business to run. There’s a reason why so many movie stars turn to drugs… they have a lot of hours to fill and not a lot to fill it with.
It’s nice to do “whatever you want,” until you realize you have no idea what you’re going to do!
What’s your take on this? Am I off my rocker? Is money the ultimate goal? Or is it merely the oil that lubricates life?
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 Mrs. Micah: http://www.financefreelancelife.com
 conversation on The Simple Dollar: http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2008/03/26/does-most-financial-information-keep-the-middle-class-in-their-place/
 What’s Wrong With Being in the Middle Class?: http://www.financefreelancelife.com/2008/04/06/what-is-wrong-with-being-middle-class/
 Tim Ferriss’s: http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/
 unfortunate lottery winner: http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2004/12/14/for_lottery_winner_113m_hasnt_bought_happiness/
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