I want to be self sufficient and be able to pursue the interests I love. It's hard to get engaged in different projects if you're house is being foreclosed on or you're trying hard to make ends meet. In that sense, making a lot of money is important to me. But so are ethics. I don't want to make money unethically to the detriment of others. I'm not one of those reactionary refuse to pay my taxes greedy types.How important is making money with regards to your career goals? For me it is a low prioity. I enjoy mathematics so much I'll do it for free. What's your opinion?
Why are the two mutually exclusive?the way I see it is you can either dedicate your life to making money, which is what probably >95% or Americans do or you can dedicate your life to pursuing what gives you happiness? I think we only have one chance so I am taking the second one and pursuing my happiness, learning about the nature of our universe.
Everyone always says that to students...I don't get it.It's all dandy to say you don't care about money while your parents are still supporting you. Wait til you get into the real world, all on your own.
I wouldnt bank my life on receiving one of 200 positions with the positions being taken for 30 years at a time therefore no real turnaround so that effectively there is a few positions every few years.Well, if you become a professor, you can do math all day, teach only about 6 hours a week, and still get over $100k/year if you work at a top institution. Sounds pretty nice to me.
I think that might be due to the realization that a few million isnt enough to live on forever and that a big chunk is taken away by taxes and inflation is only getting worse.While I'm sure it's open to critique, this study has received it's share of attention over the years:
In summary - lottery winners are no happier than paralyzed accident victims over time. The general extension from this (and likely other similar studies) is to suggest that there is no correlation between wealth and happiness.