工作的价值&美国身份的地位

我为什么很重要’我采用了我的生活方式…好吧,最大的部分– is that 财务独立 对我来说是一个极具吸引力的前景。




I believe that human beings are more 喜欢ly to produce the highest positive benefit to society when they follow their passions and interests on their own time and in the absence of financial stress or incentives.

所以我很好奇看到最近的回应 盖洛普民意调查向美国人问了一个问题,“If you won 10 million dollars in the lottery, would you continue to 工作, or would you stop 工作ing?“.

在我们得出结果之前–我们都可以同意,1000万美元在当今时代仍然足够每个人都可以退出吗?即使问题被解释为税前总和,’远远超过我们中99%的收入 净值 在我们的一生中。

So what were the results? A stunning 68% of respondents (and 72% of 18-34 year olds) said that they would continue to 工作. And this number has gone up since the same question was last asked in 2006.

value of 工作

The remaining 31% would stop 工作ing.




嗯… that’s, ummm… interesting.

就在几年前,另一项民意调查显示 45% of Americans were satisfied with their 工作s –创历史新低。其他55%的人不满意或更差。

还有一项民意调查表明 70.8%的美国人想成为自雇人士 (而 只有7%是)。

所以,我们不’t 喜欢 our 工作s, want to be self-employed (but aren’t yet), yet we would keep 工作ing? Something seems off here.

对于第一个问题,需要有一个后续问题,该问题要深入一点才能从该问题中获得任何价值。实际上,有:“Would you continue to 工作 in your current 工作, or would you take a different 工作?

To this question, 44% of respondents would continue in their current 工作, 23% would continue in a different 工作, and as mentioned earlier – 31% would stop 工作ing altogether.

keep 工作ing after winning lottery

The 44% that would continue 工作ing aligns almost perfectly to the 45% who were satisfied in their 工作s in the previously referenced poll. It seems highly 喜欢ly there’s a correlation.

但是他们很高兴’d continue 工作ing in the same 工作, after the windfall, despite the opportunity to leave the 工作force altogether? 那’一些强大的库尔援助。

And another 23% are not happy enough with their 工作 to want to continue 工作ing in it, after the windfall, but they would still want to start over somewhere else, despite the opportunity to leave the 工作force? 那’双重动力的库尔援助。

I’我一直想知道为什么高净值个人,特别是那些处于高度压力的c级职位的人,在积累了数千万美元的净资产后仍继续做自己的工作。我能想到的最好的办法是,他们(显然是这些调查所证明的大多数美国人)对自己所做的工作感到很强烈的身份和地位。如此之多,以至于没有任何金钱或压力会让他们想摆脱这种身份/状态。 The value of 工作 and status to our identities in America is so powerful it trumps all else. But at what cost?

We live in a country that values 工作 for 工作’的缘故和地位。即使我们是 劳累过度 to the point of burnout (we do, indeed, 工作 more than any other developed nation). It is the thing we most tie our identities to. Think about it for a second –在初次认识新朋友时,我们通常会问的第一个问题是什么?“所以你会怎么做?” or “Where do you 工作?“.

如果我要赢得1000万美元,我不能说我’d continue doing the same 工作 (which I’我已经做了6年多了,已经学到了我学到的95%的知识,但是,我没有’认为离开它很容易,因为这是我醒来一半以上的时间,而我不这样做’不能完全吸吮它。至少在紧接着没有一点重新发现阶段的情况下,这种情况并非没有。

las,我会走开。我会直接走到沙发上呆60年吗?不,我几乎可以肯定会做许多其他人定义为的其他事情“work”。实际上,赚钱的动机为零。相反,我会根据自己的兴趣和所获得的满足感来选择自己的追求。一世’d做一会儿。然后我’d找到其他东西并重复。

生活’s too short to be defined by just one 工作 that we have to do to make money, in my view.

工作讨论的价值:

  • Would you keep 工作ing, if you came across a $10M windfall?
  • If so, would you keep the same 工作 or move to another 工作?
  • What is the value of 工作 to you, if any, outside of making money?

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