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A future filled with money or fun?
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Posted 12/16/13
As I'm a junior in highschool right now, many people sort of advise me against attempting to get into the music business. Many of my friends have quite realistic goals, unlike me. This brings up the thought in my mind, is it right to have fun in life, as opposed to making money, and being financially secure? What do you think?
Posted 12/16/13
I'd go for the money and financial security. You can always stop at any point thereafter and chase fun. Most people do the opposite and chase fun, then find themselves struggling the rest of the lives trying to make up for it.
Posted 12/16/13
What's the point of money if you can't have fun. I'd take fun any day.
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Posted 12/16/13
Yeah, don't sell out man.
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Posted 12/16/13
You can't do both?
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24 / M / Canada
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Much rather have my future filled with fun rather than money. But you need money in order to have majority of the fun. You can have both at some point but you can't have one without the other.
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Posted 12/16/13 , edited 12/16/13
World conquest is basically the only goal. Whether or not you have fun along the way doesn't really change that.
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52 / M / In
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Posted 12/16/13
With money you can buy fun let me tell you being poor sucks
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Posted 12/16/13
Already got the money, so I'll go with a future filled with good health. What's the use of money and fun if you're too sick to enjoy it?
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Posted 12/16/13
I can't decide honestly.

I want money because I want to be able to live independently without my family's help. Having fun is great too since I want to see more of the world beyond the computer screen or simply enjoy something minor enough to get me there.

Damn it! I don't know!
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Posted 12/16/13 , edited 12/16/13
Maybe you're asking the wrong question?

Why can't I have fun and make great money?

Also, what kind of money do you think you'll need to live the fun lifestyle you want?

My primary skill set before going into what I do today was mixed martial arts. Outside of working for Blackwater or another group of would-be assassins or two handed bullet shields that skill set doesn't pay the bills.

So, I am a financial advisor. I tripled my income this year and had a ton a fun. My boss decided to make an extra $100,000 so he did. Most of my colleagues make between $250,000 and $750,000. I'm on track to hit 7 figures before I'm 35. The question is do I need that much money? Do I even want that much money. Think about this for a moment. After the first 3 or 4 year what the hell would you do with 7 figures in annual cash-flow?

I want to travel 4 weeks out of the year -- 3 with the family 1 with the wife -- drive a new speedy car every 3 to 5 years -- probably lease -- and own a nice home in Colorado and maybe a yacht & a beach house in California -- I can rent the yacht or split one with a service company -- so realistically, even if I buy the most expenses stuff I could find I only really want ~$750,000 for that lifestyle and could probably quite easily do with $350,000.

SOOOOO coming from the financial advisors -- dear god please take my advice, its the best REAL advice anyone might ever give you -- go out and get 1 or 2 yellow pads and fill them up with all the things you want in life and all the things you want to do and accomplish before you die. Do that EVERY day for a couple months. You might find that many of your goals change from day to day. . . You will also find that many stay the same. The goals that stay the same are the ones worth fighting for with every ounce of your life and soul.

Bottom line, don't get caught up in the "fun or money trap." I fricken love what I do. I love Monday's. I hate holidays that aren't long enough to take a meaningful trip out of town (i'm looking at you presidents day, memorial day, veterans day, et al bank holidays). I love the people I work with because they are happy and make good money and can afford to do the fun things I want to do.

I just took a 4 day weekend in the mountains with my fiancé after taking a 3 day weekend in San Fran.

Now, don't forget, there is NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH! Anything worth having in this world requires work. Work doesn't have to suck.
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Posted 12/16/13
You never work a day in your life is you find something you like doing. I'd recommend getting your financial security first, work hard while you young, retire early and enjoy your life.

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Posted 12/16/13 , edited 12/16/13
Get married, and you won't have to worry with that bothersome choice--you'll never have money OR fun again!
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29 / M / Puebla/DF/Monterrey
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Posted 12/16/13
What you ask was the same that happened to me, both my parents are medics or doctors however you want to call it, so I grew up in a very confortable ambient, I never got luxury things but never had to struggle for money, so when I was in Highschool I didn't know what to do later, I always wanted to go to an art college and do something where I can draw (I was really talented before an accident) but at the same time I knew it was going to be hard because of competition and money, because unless you're famous you won't do much money, so I went the easy way and went to med school, I gave up on art and went the safe way to make sure I had a decent lifestyle and not worry that much about money like my parents, BUT here comes what's important, as I mentioned earlier I was talented for drawing and that but also for music (not singing more as writting and composing), and while I was in college I had a chance by a contest to get into music I won 1st place and began studying music with the help of a record label so I went to 2 colleges one for med and other for music and started to make a ton of money, which as now I can enjoy my life in an easier way and end my medical studies, I'm almost a neurosurgeon and don't have to worry about anything now but that is because of what happened along the way. Obviously financial security is important because is your way to go through life, also consider if you're getting married and kids, having something sure helps, and while I'm not telling you to abandon your dreams or hopes sometimes you should think abouth the future, and sometimes like my case things change dramatically during the flow of things, you never know what's going to happen tomorrow, also while I was in college I always tought that I didn't like that much to be a doctor I rather draw or paint, so what I was going to do was first be a doctor and after that go after my dream of painting once I already have a support in life, so you also can do that, first get your financial future and later go for the music because believe is easier once you know you have a support behind you instead or aiming for a lucky hit, every person is different and the same is its future but is better to have a plan
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