Hmm- I think the message in this thread can be easily explained by the smash hit Family Man starring Nick Cage. Your only two options in life are work 100-hour weeks now and 'invest' in your career or be 'poor' when you're old. There's gotta be somewhere in the middle. *shrug*
My dad worked very long hours and months in as a self-employed tradesman and has one foot in the grave. Two heart attacks at 53 and regrets not spending more time at home.
It could involve your job, too though. And your personality. Sometimes I'll put in a 60 hour week, sometimes I'll put in a 40 hour week. Depends on what's going on at work and what's going on with my personal life at the time. I tend to favour work right now but that's because it's just my wife and I. She's pretty busy with her job too. I'm sure when I go back for my masters or if she gets pregnant things would change one way or another. Balance.
I know people who put in VERY long hours at work, but while they're there they enjoy themselves and don't consider it as this stressful, tedious place to be. They're happier than the people who are the first to leave after the bell and hate what they do.
To Have Succeeded
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
To laugh often and love much:
Edited by CBrown85 - 10/7/12 at 10:59am
To win respect of intelligent people And the affection of children;
To earn the approbation of honest critics And endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give one’s self;
To leave the world a little better, Whether by a healthy child,
A garden patch,
Or redeemed social condition;
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm And sung with exultation;
To know even one life has breathed easier Because you have lived...
This is to have succeeded.