Anyone kinda realize that maybe working 80-90 hours a week to be wealthy isnt really the route they wanna go down?

Idk if it's just me going through a phase but I've always dreamed of having more money than I knew what to do with, but recently I've just been getting all As and have so much time on my hands I've just been working out and I'm getting to a point where I'd genuinely enjoy this being my life.

Like working for 30-40k a year working like 3-4 days a week somehow and just doing whatever the fuck I want in my freetime. I don't think I want to work for some fuckhead boss that yells at me for the wrong color on a powerpoint. I genuinely enjoy my life right now, obviously there's shit I would fix but for the most part it's going all right.

Is this just a phase? What the fuck has gotten into me. I want to go back to the money and greed-driven sociopath I was a few months ago. Knock some sense into me, WSO.

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Mar 19, 2019 - 2:17pm

I think there is a reason most people work 45ish hours a week/5 days per week for upper 5 figure salaries... it gives you time have a little fun and it supports the expenses of life. You basically suggested the two options are killing yourself for lots of money or hardly working for what is considered very little money (on this site). Obviously most of us skew toward the kill self for lots side of the spectrum.

I think your idea of working 3-4 days would 1) maybe get boring after awhile, because you wouldn't necessarily have the money to support fun hobbies and more importantly 2) life is expensive, and a reasonable amount of money just makes it easier. Do you need mid 6 figures? no, but it isn't easy to comfortably support a family on $35k either. Now personally, I'm going to keep grinding until I'm burnt out then worry about it, because I like my job and having money makes life both fun and easy.

Mar 19, 2019 - 2:44pm

Find something you love and you'll be happy to put in 100 hours a week. :)

Mar 19, 2019 - 2:57pm

a) some people work more when younger so they have a safety net when they eventually get laid off and can't work any longer (chances are high that a good proportion of staff will get laid off at some point in their lives)
b) some work more intense when younger so they can invest the money in something they are really interested in (their own business, a project, real estate, ...)
c) some people are actually interested in their finance jobs and want to do the hours because they don't have any hobbies (or fewer of them) outside of work - it is their choice after all
d) some work these hours so their families can have a better life, their children can attend a better school or their wives don't have to go to work
e) combination of the above

When I was young, single and worked crazy hours, including graveyard shifts - I just couldn't see why I was doing it either. There was no hobby or expense in the world that would have required or justified that kind of behavior (if you work all the time there is most likely no space for hobbies anyway). In hindsight I should have enjoyed the new country I was in, picked up a new skill or maybe dated more.

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Mar 19, 2019 - 2:59pm

I think you're missing the point. Life gets more expensive as you age. Doesn't it make more sense to grind for a few years to make those later years easier?

I'm (hopefully) on the path to an early retirement, but let me tell you, a lot of my coworkers will be working until they are 60 or 70. I don't want that. I'll grind in my 20s to retire by 40 and do the shit I want rather than work until 60.

Mar 20, 2019 - 12:24am

It really just comes down to whether you enjoy going to work. I've got one hell of a day coming up tomorrow, but I'll be there in the trenches none the less.

The time goes by really quickly, suffering in your early 20's learning how your industry works will pay huge dividends in as little as 3-5 years.

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