Comment 41167

By moylek (registered) - website | Posted May 27, 2010 at 10:06:01

Kiely writes ...

As for "hours of work" I don't know what you're talking about there. I've never seen any stats proving the rich work longer hours than the middle class or poor. Frankly in this day and age of people in lower income brackets often needing multiple jobs to make a living wage, I think that statement is dubious.

In my somewhat limited experience, I have observed that people who become very comfortably off or moderately rich (I don't know anyone really rich) have worked long hours and put in exceptional effort and taken career risks, be they real-estate agents, contractors, physicians, academics or writers. In most cases, there was some combination of years of expensive training, long stretches of 60- to 80-hour work weeks, risky commitments, and many tough decisions. Not that those are guarantees of riches, nor that riches cannot be got other ways, but they do appear to go hand in hand.

Less effort, fewer early sacrifices, fewer hours and less ambition and those rich-ish acquaintances would merely be comfortably off ... like most of us. Let's face it, choosing to pick up a 40-hour-a-week job of back-breaking labour and/or mind-numbing boredom is easier. No matter that situation thirty years after that decision seems quite the contrary when one person aches from another day of toil while the other takes the afternoon off for golf.

Comment edited by moylek on 2010-05-27 09:07:36

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