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Posted 2/18/17 , edited 2/18/17
Most definitely. A job is so much more than the money you make. It's a sense of purpose, a sense of belonging, teamwork. Now, if I didn't have to worry about money, I'd probably devote my time to either a company that I really, really believed in, or volunteer/non profit organizations.
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Wealth can be fleeting, especially for third and second class fortunes. A gentleman with wealth MUST work if he plans to keep that wealth. There are numerous formerly-wealthy actors and sports stars.

In the book, The Count of Monte Cristo, the count describes different classifications of wealth, and I feel it is accurate:

Third class fortunes are derived from stocks, bonds, bank accounts, and investments. It DOES NOT matter HOW MUCH money one has. If one relies on the market for wealth, one can be bankrupt instantly with a market crash or bad trade.

Second class fortunes are created through business. Selling product is a more stable means of income. If the economy goes bad or other unforeseen circumstances occur, business does not simply stop. A bad economy might reduce sales over time, but usually not every customer stops all at once. It can take days or even years before a second-class fortune is ruined depending on how slow business gets. This gives owners of second-class fortunes a bit of wiggle-room in timing that a third class fortune does not have. Microsoft and Apple are BOTH second-class fortunes.

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fortunes no longer worry about money at all. First class fortunes control physical resources. Every item you've ever had was created by growing the materials or mining the materials. Every trinket, every meal, every house and car comes from the land. If one controls the mines, the farmlands, and the shipping, one has REAL wealth and power. If Apple stops selling phones, people might be inconvenienced or disappointed. If the shipping companies stop transporting food, many people will die.

Who do you think really has more wealth then - The companies which own mines, farms, and railroads or the ones which make gizmos? Those with 3rd and 2nd class fortunes hire lobbiests and bribe politicians. 1st class fortunes command politicians.

So if I came into money (say through lottery or rich uncle or somesuch) I would immediately begin working to acquire needed physical resources in order to stabilize that wealth and ensure its reliability and longevity. I'd buy up land with mineral & water rights. I'd look to buy patents on new mining and farming technologies. Finding and managing such investments would become a job in itself, but if done correctly my heirs could live like kings for generations. With direct control over physical resources they might actually BE KINGS if feudalism makes a comeback after WWIII.
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Don't know, it seems my standard of rich keeps going up. I suspect there's no such thing as enough money. I mean, a million dollars is practically nothing. You can buy a small house and a car, I guess? Hmm.
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Work shall make us free.
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Yes because then I'd be sooo bored. I'd work but I'd try not to work too much so I can spend my time traveling. Maybe become a teacher or something so that I can have the summer for travel.
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I would travel the world with my friends and eat good food.
Maybe after a couple years I would open a restaurant and try to get a michelin star.
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I would need something to do, so I would probably have a job or volunteer somewhere. People need more than financial support. They also need social support. I would need something to do to meet people and interact in some way. When your rich, you might feel that the people you meet are using you for your money. At the Same time you might want to share some money with friends and family.
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I would, but jobs that involve an initial amount of wealth. I.e founding a company or investing in a new product(s)
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If I was rich would I still work....well hell ya to keep me entertained and depend how rich I am, just gonna limited myself....orrrrr Build me a Iron Man Armor....WHO WANTS A ARMOR?!
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I figure it's like all the people I know who retired . . . they're sick of being board off their asses.

Personally I'd go fishing . . . maybe even go to college if I was rich.
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I'd probably try to become a Historian or a really shit professional tennis player.
Posted 2/20/17
I never accepted a job I wouldn't do for free.
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I've never held down a job. Spent all my idle time learning to code really well.

I'd probably like to run a diner or something. Fresh donuts in the morning, coffee all day long, free meal for a good conversation to people down on their luck, etc. The hamburgers would have to be out of this world. Seasoned or shoestring fries. Sundaes or pie for dessert.

Other than that, I'd volunteer with a local theater/civic center. I think the people there would be interesting. If someone told me not to speak to the talent, I'd be like "Ehhh, I didn't know there was any~." My dreams are kind of small, I guess.
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I would work, but likely not full time. I'd work to maintain a social aspect to my life and not drop off the face of the earth entirely, and to keep a little ... "realistic sense".

But not because of boredom. I don't "get" bored, I did when I was a teen, and then I got over it and realized this is the only time I'm getting, and if I don't enjoy it I'm a dumbshit.

But yeah, I'd work a low obligation job with friendly people.
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Yes, 2 days a week as a garbage collector. I would love to cruise around the city for a few hours mindless throwing garbage at the truck while talking garbage.
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