I hate money! Obviously I want to have a lot of it so I'm no better than anyone else, but I hate the games that go with making money. A salesman once told me that it is the pursuit of wealth, and not wealth itself, that addicts people. I would certainly argue that point. But maybe this is the dinstiction between people like me who make money because we need it, and those who truly enjoy the money game. I know people who thrive on the very climate - tension in a room, mental chess games designed to deceive - that makes me most miserable. They seem to flourish in a world of mind games and insincerity. The other side is the perspective change that dollar signs induce. There is a truism in the business world: If you want to lose a friend, go into business together. Not absolute of course but generally true. I know it first hand. And now I see it with customers. There is a customer that I have bent over backwards to give a good deal on a large job. Jobs usually get very political [money], and often someone has their job on the line if things go badly. I learned long ago that I need to be sensitive to this, but also that no matter how good of a deal I make someone, and no matter how far above and beyond the call of duty I may go, the very next day they will ***** and moan if I come out an hour or two ahead for a change. They will stab you in the back and never give it a second thought. There is certainly no such thing as gratitude in the business world. When I first went into business doing consulting/programming/engineering, a very successful salesman that I know lectured me about engineers and the business world. As a rule, scientists and engineers make really lousy business people. We are too focused on solving the problem and not making the money. He told me how he has watched guys like me come and go for decades, and most fail because they can't stop being engineers - the surgery was a success but the patient died sort of thing. Somehow I manage to get through it all without losing my mind, but in this way I'm not really the sort of person who should be in business. I don't like the games and BS. It drives me nuts! And in many or most ways I hate the pursuit of wealth. But I love my work, and more importantly, I hate bosses even more than greed.