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Old 04-12-2012, 03:10 PM   #21
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Have a relative who is near the billion mark, pretty nice person, very easy to get along with, a very young at heart personality. That side of the family is definitely a bit odd though, all of them have really different personalities. Didn't even know how wealthy they were until recently, I thought it was just in the low millions, not that it really matters.
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Given so few here want the burden of a lot of money, I take it most don't buy lottery tickets.
You are right on target.
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Given so few here want the burden of a lot of money, I take it most don't buy lottery tickets.
Bought one ticket my whole life...it was on a dare. I made $5 by buying a $1 ticket. That's what you call winning even when you lose.
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Money gives you choices. Being a billionaire would give me more choices, and I'd like that. I wouldn't need to make exactly the same choices as the billionaire in the article.
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I actually told my boss this year I would rather have additonal vacation days then a raise. He looked at me like I had two heads but this mindset underscores how much I value my free time (or perhaps how lazy I am)!
I don't recall my boss looking at me like I had two heads, but twice in my final 8 years of working I asked my boss to reduce my weekly number of hours worked. This must have run contrary to nearly everything he had ever heard an employee ask him (save a new mom returning to work PT after maternity leave). My pay raises decreased, too, not that I cared a whole lot. If I willingly reduced my pay by 40%, did I really care if I got a 2% or 3% raise later?

I find it very empowering to be able to ask for such a thing, asking to be paid LESS because I wanted the time off, albeit unpaid, and forgo most of my benefits along the way. I simply hated the commute so much that eventually, I needed to reduce it to ZERO from as little as 2 days a week and resign (ER) in 2008 after 7 years of various pat-time working arrangements.
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