WordPress's Daily Prompt: If money were out of the equation, would you still work? If yes, why, and how much? If not, what would you do with your free time?
The quick and short answer is…
I would still work.
I’ve heard stories of people who’ve come into buckets of money who end up losing it all and being worse off than they were before winning the loot.
They give it away, gamble it away, or buy expensive things.
There’s the story of the guy who won the lotto, bought himself a Porsche and ended up crashing and killing himself in the process.
I’ve also heard about the woman who also won the lotto, told everyone and ended being killed by a jealous relative.
Money does strange things to people.
Hence the counseling that the lotto people give to the winners because it’s not easy going from zero to hero overnight.
When I was growing up money was scarce. There were a lot of things I couldn’t do because my folks didn’t have money to spare. When I went to high school my uniform was a hand-me-down from my older cousins.
From an early age my Mom inculcated in me the mantra of never being financially dependent on anyone. So I studied and worked hard to achieve this. And on that journey I discovered my purpose. So the money is no longer the reason I work.
What gets me up in the morning is something more intrinsic, a desire to become a better version of myself every day.
So it’s about the purpose of my life. Having money out of the equation isn’t going to change it. Going to work doesn’t have anything to do with money and I am blessed to work at something I enjoy because it allows me to be me.
So if money were optional I would see no reason to stop working. I’d still have fun. And my purpose would remain the same – to be a better version of myself every day.
What gets you up in the morning every day? Tell me in the comments.
2 thoughts on “Work? Optional! What gets me up in the morning”
I was nodding in agreement until you mentioned working for nothing. Afraid I have done enough of that in years gone by and as the “R” year approaches…well let’s just say the financial gurus and I are miles apart on financing retirement. However, there are jobs I would do for very little reward other than knowing I had helped someone out. Experiences beat money every time.
Oh yes, experiences do beat money every time! A pity that when it comes to the “R” money invariably comes into the equation. Some experiences also cost money, but I’m glad blogging doesn’t (not much anyway :-)).