31 July 2007


I was discussing future plans with a friend the other day, and she asked if I was going to get an engineering job with a big company eventually and "make a lot of money."

I answered that I'm really not very interested in working for a large company, nor in making a lot of money...

See, I don't want to be rich. I just want to be happy, and I haven't seen much evidence that wealth beyond a certain point (which I passed years ago) has anything to do with happiness or contentment. Plus, I'm already happy (how many rich people can say that?). And if I was ever to become rich, I wonder what that would do to my kids. Not that I'm afraid they'd turn into Paris Hilton or anything, but it's not clear to me that big bucks would be good for them.

As someone wise once said, "I don't want everything I want."

Also, as far as I'm concerned, I'm already rich - I've got everything I need, most of what I want, and plenty to share with those who have less.

Here's a Wall Street Journal article which discusses the (non) link between wealth and happiness.


Deb said...

I couldn't agree with you more, Dan! I wouldn't trade what I have now for all the money in the world!

dad said...

Hi Dan: from my point of view (spiritual, of course), I see you as very 'wealthy' (you do have everything you want: love of a good woman and wonderful children, and a great career, and a very promising 'second' career in writing ) ..... I can say that I share that 'wealth', and I see myself as very 'wealthy' , but definitly not rich, and like you, not interested in ever becoming rich (as far as money goes)...It is nice to know our house is paid off, and we have no 'debts' and it's nice to have enough money to do the things we do, and we pay off our 2 credit cards each month 'religiously', so those things are 'nice'.....but I liked your maint point and values.... hmm I wonder where you got them from? proud of you son! Dad

Eric said...

There is definitely something to be said for "financial freedom" (i.e. free from debt, free to give). But (as I'm sure you agree) that comes at a much lower bank account tally that many probably believe.
You're definitely loaded with wealth.