Author Topic: NYT article “wealthy, successful and miserable”  (Read 1316 times)

bigfoot

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NYT article “wealthy, successful and miserable”
« on: February 22, 2019, 08:23:25 PM »
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/02/21/magazine/elite-professionals-jobs-happiness.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=curw

The article talks about finding fulfillment in work, and how those who take the smoothest paths thru their professional career are often miserable while those who struggle and/or take risks are more fulfilled.  Granted this is among Harvard business school grads, not exactly a typical cross section of society.   

The reason I’m posting this here is because of the “miserable” grad the article profiled.   Quoted below

“It was insanely stressful work, done among people he didn’t particularly like. He earned about $1.2 million a year and hated going to the office.

“I feel like I’m wasting my life,” he told me. “When I die, is anyone going to care that I earned an extra percentage point of return? My work feels totally meaningless.” He recognized the incredible privilege of his pay and status, but his anguish seemed genuine. “If you spend 12 hours a day doing work you hate, at some point it doesn’t matter what your paycheck says,” he told me. There’s no magic salary at which a bad job becomes good. He had received an offer at a start-up, and he would have loved to take it, but it paid half as much, and he felt locked into a lifestyle that made this pay cut impossible. “My wife laughed when I told her about it,” he said.”

A job paying 600k a year was not enough due to his family’s lifestyle choices!!


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iris lily

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Re: NYT article “wealthy, successful and miserable”
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2019, 02:30:19 PM »
 I only have sarcastic, unhelpful, disrespectful comments to make about the people in this article the writers of the article and the publishers of the article summed up as:those who aspire to that elite East Coast lifestyle are not my people.

I don’t care about their silly values and what they feel they have to have in their lives and how much they think they have to make.

In another similarly themed New York Times article there was that guy who lost his job and  he bemoaned all the status markers he could no longer afford.

Those of us in flyover country with our State U degrees and our $175,000 houses who send their kids to public schools and drive non German cars really get by just fine. It would be such a shock to the East Coast elite  that people in flyover country can be happy without all of those
East Coast status markers if those East coasters actually Bothered to think outside of their tiny boxes.

From my point of view here, they are idiots but even worse are the writers of these dumb articles who think the majority of America give one flying fuck about these values.
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