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Old 02-22-2012, 01:42 PM
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With all the talks of making goo gobs of money-

Like the title says. Who here has the ability to make more money, but opts not to for quality of life or any other reasons?

I could double my pay tomorrow by switching jobs 11 hours away and working 60-70 hours per week with full monthly Per Diem.

I could triple my pay by taking a 3 year gig in Mexico.

I could quadruple my pay by taking a 3 year stint in Australia.


But to me, time with the kids is more important. Quality of life is more important. Yes I could have a 36 Yellofin or mega Bimmer for cash, but I would miss out on 3 years of my kid lives.

I could do this for the rest of my life and retire with an asston, but is it worth it in the end?
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I could ask for a promotion, easily get it and be eligible to make more. But it will take more work and effort at the higher level, and I will be competing against better people. More aggravation for a few more $ is not worth it to me.
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I answered yes in my professional career. Granted, I'm not away for long stints (basically, month out of country, month in country). I have a 2 year old and one on the way; it's terribly hard to leave but my wife and I agreed that doing this now will hopefully provide us the opportunity (financially and "free-time-wise") to spend much more time with the kids in the near future. I started my own business so it's possible it might not work out, but the potential upside is so huge we agreed it was worth the shot.
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I could easily, but my first grand baby has been born...FTW, a new outdoorsman needs me!!!
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I am in that boat right now as a nurse, there are further opportunities available to triple my income, but that comes with on-call/shift work/nights/holidays and sh*t tons more stress and 70k more debt in school loans and 1 year of me not working at all (full clinical time)
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I could make a lotz moe money, but I refuse to learn how to spell...........just ain't worth it
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Originally Posted by Jughed View Post
With all the talks of making goo gobs of money-

Like the title says. Who here has the ability to make more money, but opts not to for quality of life or any other reasons?

I could double my pay tomorrow by switching jobs 11 hours away and working 60-70 hours per week with full monthly Per Diem.

I could triple my pay by taking a 3 year gig in Mexico.

I could quadruple my pay by taking a 3 year stint in Australia.


But to me, time with the kids is more important. Quality of life is more important. Yes I could have a 36 Yellofin or mega Bimmer for cash, but I would miss out on 3 years of my kid lives.

I could do this for the rest of my life and retire with an asston, but is it worth it in the end?
I'd like to know what you do?

I made my money and did my extra hours of work when I was in my teen's twenties and thirties, now it's time to enjoy the family as much as I can. @ 49 and our first child being 2 it's great, sort of Grand Pa and Dad at the same time!
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I could make more but my priorties have changed as I have gotten older and I like my time off. I am self employed and for the most part work mon-thurs 10 hour days and fri-sun off.
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I'd like to know what you do?

I made my money and did my extra hours of work when I was in my teen's twenties and thirties, now it's time to enjoy the family as much as I can. @ 49 and our first child being 2 it's great, sort of Grand Pa and Dad at the same time!
Automation engineer/supervisor.

But I am also a feild engineer/construction manager for 1/2b and larger projects.Thats where the money comes in. Per Deim, higher base pay, tons of overtime. Overseas Per Diem rates are excellent and the base pay is even higher.
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Originally Posted by Southtexasreds View Post
I answered yes in my professional career. Granted, I'm not away for long stints (basically, month out of country, month in country). I have a 2 year old and one on the way; it's terribly hard to leave but my wife and I agreed that doing this now will hopefully provide us the opportunity (financially and "free-time-wise") to spend much more time with the kids in the near future. I started my own business so it's possible it might not work out, but the potential upside is so huge we agreed it was worth the shot.
This was my dilemma. My FIL went the same path, made a ton of cash and had no problems paying for college and post grad for all 4 kids, and retired young with plenty of money.

He sat me down and told me it wasn't worth it and would give it all up for more time at home with the kids. I've learned to listen to my elders...

Your deal is better with the 50% time away.
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I could get into the office before 10 or stay past 3:30

But I don't want to wake up early and I don't want to stay in the office late.
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I could travel with my career and add 100k to my annual salary but work is 12 min door to door home every night for dinner with the family.
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Originally Posted by Jughed View Post
With all the talks of making goo gobs of money-

Like the title says. Who here has the ability to make more money, but opts not to for quality of life or any other reasons?

I could double my pay tomorrow by switching jobs 11 hours away and working 60-70 hours per week with full monthly Per Diem.

I could triple my pay by taking a 3 year gig in Mexico.

I could quadruple my pay by taking a 3 year stint in Australia.

But to me, time with the kids is more important. Quality of life is more important. Yes I could have a 36 Yellofin or mega Bimmer for cash, but I would miss out on 3 years of my kid lives.

I could do this for the rest of my life and retire with an asston, but is it worth it in the end?
Take the Aussie job and move there with your family. After 3 years find a job in the States and move back. A great and financially rewarding experience for all.
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Take the Aussie job and move there with your family. After 3 years find a job in the States and move back. A great and financially rewarding experience for all.
If your spouse is game do it. It'd be something to check off the bucket list. Do it before your kids are in high school and have to worry about credits and all that bs
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The more money I make, the fewer hours I put in.....the trick is to work smart, not long. Figure out how to do that and you will be on Easy Street.
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Take the Aussie job and move there with your family. After 3 years find a job in the States and move back. A great and financially rewarding experience for all.
the aussie job is 1500 miles from nowhere in a town of 5k. dingos and head shrinkers. kids are 1, 5 & 7. moved them twice in the past 3 years.
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Originally Posted by osudaddy View Post
If you want to make money you have to sacrifice instead of making excuses.

You asked for opinions..............I offered mine.

It sounds like you want the status quo.

Your call.
i think you missed the point of this thread. i was asking who turned down money for the good of the family or for whatever reason. not if i should take the higher paying jobs.
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I could make more simply by working more, but I've found a nice balance. 3.75 days/week as a dentist, another 1.25 days every week would add up to a lot of money at the end of the year, but the one thing I can't buy is time. So I take 3 day weekends every weekend to spend time with my family, fish, and train for triathlons. I have enough money to do what I want. Now, I work my a$$ off when I'm there-- literally wide open all day with no lunch.
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the aussie job is 1500 miles from nowhere in a town of 5k. dingos and head shrinkers. kids are 1, 5 & 7. moved them twice in the past 3 years.
What town?
A few of the towns here have some very attractive side benefits.
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What town?
A few of the towns here have some very attractive side benefits.
karratha. its actually a cool looking place.

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