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johnnyc299's avatar

Do you work to live or live to work ?

Asked by johnnyc299 (376points) April 25th, 2008 from iPhone

I am curious as to how people approach life. For me it is work to live

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aaronblohowiak's avatar

i love my job. it was my hobby and now is my profession. variety maintains sanity, though.

scamp's avatar

Neither one. I live to laugh.

wildflower's avatar

I wouldn’t go to work if I didn’t get the paycheck, but the days would be pretty empty without the interactions, tasks, stress, etc. of work.

peedub's avatar

I live to eat, not eat to live.

ljs22's avatar

I work to live, but there have been some work assignments that have brought me great satisfaction.

I would say I usually I have a “get this done as fast as possible” attitude when it comes to work. Which maybe isn’t the best way to be conducting my career. Oh well!

johnnyc299's avatar

I am at a stage in my career where to move to the next level I would need to move my family 150 miles. I have decided not to move as we are very happy where we live. Hence the work to live position.

judochop's avatar

Up until recently I have always combined the two as much as possible. I recently got a job that is borderline dream job. Now I am living for work and it is paying me to live the life I love with my family.

susanc's avatar

Figured out when I was young that I’d rather have time than money. Wanted time to
work on painting pictures. Never made much money from that but it fed me and kept me
sane. Got other jobs and liked them all. Parents died and left me the money
they inherited. Now I have money in spite of myself.

nikipedia's avatar

Both. Love my job, fortunately it pays me well enough to love the rest of my life.

Bri_L's avatar

I just got let go from a job of 5 years. I worked in an abusive environment for thankless people, while being underpaid by 36% and working 60 hour weeks with no time off. It was all my doing because I thought I couldn’t leave.

I now work to live and I love it.

scamp's avatar

Bri, I’m so sorry. I had no idea. I feel so bad because you were giving me job advice most of the afternoon today, and you never said anything about this. I have a feeling this happened because it is time for you to have a better job, and the bad one was holding you back. I wish you all the best and hope you find the job of your dreams very soon.

Bri_L's avatar

Thanks for your kind thoughts. I normally wouldn’t have stayed so long but I was raised to believe that fair hard work would win through. That and I have a family to support. I was looking elsewhere but at 50 an 60 hour weeks it made it difficult. I always took any spare time to spend with my kids. . I am freelancing now until I find a permanent job. I am enjoying it very much. It is showing me how bad a way I was in. In hind site I can see I helped a lot of other people better their situation so maybe that is why i was their. And I left learning a bit about myself.

scamp's avatar

I’m glad to see you have such a positive attitude about this. And I am happy that you are enjoying freelance work. You deserve an employer that recognizes your hard work and loyalty, and I hope you find what you are looking for very soon.

peedub's avatar

I lurve to work.

gooch's avatar

A little of both. I love my job most of the time (God knows the pay is not the best) but it pays the bills. I could do other jobs that pay so much more. I get plenty of great paying offers. I just don’t want those boring jobs that make me fill less fufilled.

smart1979's avatar

I am currently working to live, but I have had an interview about a week and a half ago for a dream job, and will have my second interview on Friday at this company which I think could totally flip my perspective on this question – wish me luck!

nikipedia's avatar

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!

Bri_L's avatar

GOOD LUCK SMART 1979!!!

scamp's avatar

Good Luck! I will soon be interviewing for a new job myself. I wish you all the best!

wildflower's avatar

Best of luck to ye both, smart1979 and scamp :)

smart1979's avatar

I GOT THE JOB!

wildflower's avatar

Woohoo!!! Congrats :)

Bri_L's avatar

SMART1979 RULES!!!

Congrats!!!

scamp's avatar

Way to Go smart1979! I just had my interview today, and it looks good for me too! Maybe this thread was good luck for both of us! I am so happy for you!!

wildflower's avatar

Yaay scamp! Keeping fingers crossed for ya :)

scamp's avatar

Thanks! I have to call back next week after the background check is completed. But he kept me there for an hour. He asked me how much money I want, and he showed me the programs I will be using, so I think that’s a good sign. also, when he was telling me about the job he said things like “This is what you will do here”, and “Here is the program you will work on.” Those all sound pretty positive to me. When he asked me how much money I wanted, he said to give him a ballpark figure, and if they offer me too little, he would go to bat for me. So don’t you think that means I got the job?

I sure hope I get it, because it looks like it’s going to be a great job, and the benefits are WONDERFUL!!!

wildflower's avatar

I think it sounds hopeful….left a more elaborate answer on your specific Q
:)

smart1979's avatar

Good luck scamp! Let us know if you get it!

scamp's avatar

@smart1979 thanks, I will. And congrats again on getting the new job! When do you start?

smart1979's avatar

the 27th! I can’t wait!

scamp's avatar

Good Luck! I am so excited for you!

scamp's avatar

I Got my job and start on the 27th too! That’s a lucky day for us both!!

Bri_L's avatar

SCAMPER DOES IT!!! Way to go! Congratulations!

smart1979's avatar

scamp – awesome! We rock!!!!!!!!!!

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