Why a person, having become rich, continues to work - find out the cause and effect
Many wealthy people, after having received capital that allows them to live comfortably for many years, continued to work further. Some of them stopped working for a while, started a fun and carefree life, but then began to work again - in the same area where they managed to earn a lot of money or in another.
For most not-so-wealthy people, this causes bewilderment - after all, why work if you are doing well and don’t need to think about tomorrow? In fact, there is a reason for continuing work, and this incentive is quite powerful.
An example is the case of one of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. When his company, in which he worked, entered an IPO, the entrepreneur got rich in one night. As a shareholder, he received tens of millions of US dollars from the company, which allowed him to forget about the vicissitudes of fate for a very long time. Moreover, he himself was sure that he would never work again.
Over the course of the year, he acted as planned: he went to travel, allowed himself much of what he previously considered inaccessible. But a year later, the businessman again began to search for work - and not at all because he needed it to "maintain his pants." Just with the pants there were no problems - they clogged the wardrobe, along with jackets, ties and a lot of other clothes.
“I felt miserable because of a lack of purpose in life. My knowledge and experience were deformed, my skills were gone, so it became difficult for me to interact with other people on an intellectual level, ” said the BBC entrepreneur. It is for this reason that he decided to start working again.
He managed to continue his career, and now he is happier than when he traveled without purpose and meaning.
But why? Indeed, for many people, money is the main goal of work, in any case, hundreds of millions of people work for money. If there is no need to think about what to live for tomorrow, why work? But it turns out that a person has a need to be in demand, needed by someone. Well, or the need for life to have some purpose. It is not in vain that dozens of billionaires continue to work: Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Richard Branson and many others are a vivid example of this.
Specialists who studied the relationship of money received for work and job satisfaction found that this relationship is very weak. University of Florida experts saythat the imposition of zones "job satisfaction" and "wages" is not more than 2%. In other words, a person can be satisfied with his job and enjoy fulfilling his duties not at all because he is paid a lot.
The thing is that we perceive the work itself as a matter of course. But people, according to Jamie Traeger-Muney, the founder of Wealth Legacy Group, do not understand that we don’t have to work tomorrow, the day after tomorrow or in a year.
Jamie says 98% of her clients work after they become financially independent. For many, continuing to work means staying in a comfort zone, performing routine activities every day.
“Money is a much smaller criterion for happiness and job satisfaction than is commonly believed,” she says. In fact, there is a big difference between what we think about our work and money, and how things are in reality.
One of the reasons for this is the social status and demand for a person as a specialist. For many years, some people feel necessary, they know what they are, they know how others relate to them. And suddenly all this is lost, because a person leaves the workplace and no longer depends on anything. But the question arises: "What to do next?". Returning to work or continuing to work is an easy way not to lose your own identity as a professional.
“We lose status when we stop working, and this applies not only to work, but to society,” says Jamie. And here the situation is equal for a person who has left work, because he no longer needs money and for a person who is unemployed and who has no money. Both feel at ease. Of course, the former is a little more comfortable, but the problem of losing status as a valuable specialist still remains. Work helps to obtain and maintain a certain social status. Lack of work means the loss of this status.
“People like to be in demand, they enjoy being able to win,” says Karen Gordon, a Texas entrepreneur who has made a lot of money but continues to work.
Even the fact of getting a lot of money will not help a person who is used to his job and who has lost this job for one reason or another to get out of depression. Depression in some cases is delayed for several months. Often, even relaxing in a comfortable place does not bring joy.
Setting new goals in life and professional activity can help here. If a person has reached the “ceiling”, then you can go further and set new goals, which will help to continue to work with pleasure. All of the above is confirmed by the experience of business representatives, and the experience of representatives of the IT sector.
For many rich people, work brings special satisfaction, which cannot be compared with the pleasure of relaxing in a comfortable hotel or chatting with other people. One may not agree with this, but tens of thousands of rich people who work, no matter what, confirm what has been said.
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