I’m not sure what they thought we were supposed to “feel” for them in this NY Times piece. But all I felt after reading this was…
What a bunch of rich unhappy losers.
As you can probably tell, I don’t value money as my life’s goal as many other do. Perhaps this is why I’m not filthy rich. But perhaps this is also why I can honestly say that I truly believe that having money makes things easier… but in no way makes you happy. Me at least.
Mr. Steger, 51, a self-described geek, has banked more than $2 million. The $1.3 million house he and his wife own on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean is paid off. The coupleâ€™s net worth of roughly $3.5 million places them in the top 2 percent of families in the United States.
Yet each day Mr. Steger continues to toil in what a colleague calls â€œthe Silicon Valley salt mines,â€ working as a marketing executive for a technology start-up company, still striving for his big strike. Most mornings, he can be found at his desk by 7. He typically works 12 hours a day and logs an extra 10 hours over the weekend.
â€œI know people looking in from the outside will ask why someone like me keeps working so hard,â€ Mr. Steger says. â€œBut a few million doesnâ€™t go as far as it used to. Maybe in the â€™70s, a few million bucks meant â€˜Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,â€™ or Richie Rich living in a big house with a butler. But not anymore.â€
12-hour days and working weekends is ridiculous, I don’t care how much money you’re making. More at livedigitally.
Final thought. Do you think maybe the NY times piece was too one-sided and really made these people look bad? I’m wondering if that is the case.
Watch the video here.