Originally Posted by ken36
I always worked 12-15 hour days. when I went to bed at night, I always knew what I was going to do the next day and couldn't wait to get to work in the morning. I loved it. Is there something wrong with me? Don't you want to succeed? Make some decent money? Get and keep the beautiful woman? Or man?
You may have been lucky to be so fulfilled by your career, but don't presume that is the motivating factor in everyone's life--even science/tech/business professionals--or that material success is the key to getting the sort of relationship that everyone wants.
Some of us put time with our families ahead of spending another 4 or 7 hours a day in the office or at the plant. Some of us work substantial unpaid hours as volunteers at schools or charities to do something more worthwhile than simply feathering our own nests.
Helping others provides far more satisfaction to me than, say, buying an Esoteric CD player that only I would enjoy (even though I could afford it.) I feel better that we send about $1,000 a year down to Latin America to put two kids through mission schools than I would if I bought CD's with that money.
I have a beautiful wife who doesn't care about huge material rewards, nor do I.....which has turned out to be a good thing. I happen to work in a particular field that has suffered huge job losses, and most of my bosses--great people, successful in business--ended up retired and angry at age 55 when plants were closed. Didn't matter what we
did--we set records for quality, low cost to produce, safety, and zero environmental incidents in the last year one of those plant was open. Six months after our last day, it was paved over as a parking lot, because the parent company's dumbsh*t suits from Europe had gotten the company involved in a price-fixing cartel, got the book thrown at them, and the business just disappeared. And job offers from other companies that could use my expertise evaporated when they became targets (and victims) of spillover investigations by the DOJ.
Anyway, I have done mostly consulting gigs since that time, so I can I pretty much arrange my free time as I wish. I also hate TV...and now think that pro sports are so full of ignorant thugs that I have no interest in sports on TV as I did before....so in the evening, I surf.