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Would you quit your job if you won the lottery?

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dumars798's avatar - batman17
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Posted: July 22, 2014, 2:54 am - IP Logged

As soon as im declared the solo winner of a huge jackpot

my life and my families life will definitely change for the better!

       This will be my check list

1) Quit work!!

2) Throw away all my alarm clocks!

3) Pay off all my bills as well as family!

4) Travel the world and invest!

 

        Smart bets...... Equal Phat Pocket$!

                     

             





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    Posted: July 22, 2014, 7:19 am - IP Logged

    Yes I'd quit the minute I find out I won, even in the middle of work shift.  I could care less what they think about me or what my actions say about me.  I have higher self esteem than that and now I am rich.  I'd keep working if I have a slave soul.  The brain then would need retraining.  If I want to work that bad, I'd do useful work that will benefit others, not keep making a bunch of fat shareholder boys rich.  I'd volunteer at non-profit orgs or start my own.  I'd help the homeless get jobs and get on their feet and sick/hospitalized children.

    "Understand... people are more complicated than the masks they wear in society... everyone is playing to win, and some people will use moral justifications to advance their side"

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      Posted: July 22, 2014, 7:53 am - IP Logged

      I would quit my job in New Jersey, then move down south and work at another company. I see myself working at a Best Buy selling appliances and electronics!

      I am so weird!!!!

       

      best buy

      I hope you win big golfer1960 then perhaps if you move down south to a state like NC I would take tennis lessons from you Wink

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        Posted: July 22, 2014, 2:53 pm - IP Logged

        I hope you win big golfer1960 then perhaps if you move down south to a state like NC I would take tennis lessons from you Wink

        OMG Drenick1! You are so cute! Thank you! Tennis anyone?

         

        tennis coach

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          Posted: July 22, 2014, 2:57 pm - IP Logged

          ? would u quit ur job if u won the lottery. Is a blue bird blue.

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            Posted: July 22, 2014, 4:17 pm - IP Logged

            If I win that's it. No more worK. Party

            Hi Doug, if you win would you continue to DJ?

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              Posted: July 22, 2014, 5:43 pm - IP Logged

              As soon as im declared the solo winner of a huge jackpot

              my life and my families life will definitely change for the better!

                     This will be my check list

              1) Quit work!!

              2) Throw away all my alarm clocks!

              3) Pay off all my bills as well as family!

              4) Travel the world and invest!

               

              Don't you dare throw away those darn alarm clocks, bring them down to a Goodwill store instead. Gosh, see how quickly you forgot to look out for the less fortunate the minute you got rich. hahahahahha : ))

              "It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy." - George Lorimer

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                Posted: July 23, 2014, 3:46 pm - IP Logged

                I can 't imagine just sitting there at the office waiting for my 2 weeks a year of vacation so I can go off to see the world...

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                  Posted: July 23, 2014, 7:37 pm - IP Logged

                  Yes, the Walgreens Warehouse in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA, is closing for good come next April, thus laying off 345 employees. Maybe I would turn that warehouse in some productive venture for humankind!!!

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                    Posted: July 23, 2014, 8:00 pm - IP Logged

                    Survey results may surprise you

                    Lottery tickets clenched in hands. Eyes trained on the numbered lottery balls in motion like popcorn popping. Mind solely fixed on this thought:

                    "If I win this one, I'll be rich enough to quit my job."

                    Rich enough to quit, but would you? Most people would keep working, even if those lottery balls lined up in their favor, says a Harris Poll survey released today. Just over half — 51 percent — of workers said they would continue to work, even if they didn't need the money, said the poll done for the Chicago-based CareerBuilder, a global human resources company focused on recruitment. That means 49 percent would hand in their resignations. (Of that number, 2 percent said they would skip the formality, and just never show up to work again.)

                    While the number of those who said they would continue working was only slightly higher than the number who said they would call it quits, the survey results contradict long-held beliefs about lottery winners. After claiming winnings, so it is commonly told, the next stop is to the job — preferably in a limousine — delivering this message: "You won't be seeing me around here anymore." This fantasy has at least been a fleeting thought of many who have purchased lottery tickets.

                    "Most of us tend to say: 'If I win the lottery, I'm out of here," said Elad Granot, an assistant dean of MBA programs and an associate professor of marketing at the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University. "Well, it is not that simple."

                    The meaning work holds for many complicates matters, said Granot, who is familiar with lottery-related surveys from his specialty in consumer behavior.

                    "Work for many people, especially those who would label themselves as engaged workers or engaged employees is more than money," he said. "Certainly money is important, but there are a lot of other aspects and elements that play a huge role in why we work. For instance, relationships, achievement and status needs go beyond money."

                    Nahla Harik-Williams, an associate professor of psychology at Cuyahoga Community College, agrees.

                    "When you think about the role that a job has in a person's life, it is often a huge part of who you are," she said. "We define ourselves many times in terms of our job. Many of us — especially in the United States, if we are fortunate enough or financially able to go to college — are encouraged to find some way of contributing to society, to make our life feel meaningful through our work."

                    Matt Tarpey, a career advisor for CareerBuilder, said even though winning the lottery is about landing big bucks, finding out people's thoughts about money wasn't the motivation for having the survey done.

                    "We saw it as a new way to approach the question of: 'Why do people work?'" he said in an email. "Obviously financial concerns are a driving factor, but what if money suddenly became no object?" 

                    The survey found that while winning the Powerball, Mega Millions, etc. was the realization of a dream for many, money couldn't satisfy the non-monetary gains work brings.

                    "I would be bored if I didn't work," was the first place answer, given by 77 percent of respondents, as to why they would keep working. Coming in a close second, at 76 percent, was, "Work gives me a sense of purpose and accomplishment."

                    Third place, at 42 percent, was, "I want financial security aside from the financial winnings." Fourth, at 23 percent, was, "I would miss co-workers."

                    The online survey of 3,372 full-time, private sector workers at least 18-years-old, was conducted between May 13 and June 6. With a 95 percent probability, the survey has a sampling error of plus or minus 1.69 percentage points.

                    Tarpey said the survey showed that younger workers were more apt than their older counterparts to quit their jobs. Sixty-nine percent of workers 18 to 24 said they would keep working. For those 25 to 34, it was 61 percent. The figure fell to 52 percent for workers 35 to 44. Of those 45 to 55, only 45 percent wanted to keep working. For workers 55 and older, only 41 percent of workers said they would remain employed.

                    The survey found that those in the Midwest were among the workers who were least likely to want to remain on the job. Forty-eight percent of Midwesterners said they would keep working. In the Northeast, where only 47 percent said they would keep working, was the only region where a lower percentage of people wanted to remain in the labor force. In both the South and the West, 53 percent said they would keep working.

                    Harik-Williams said the survey's results confirm how Americans value work.

                    "There is this idea that I want to do something productive and useful," she said. "It is ingrained in us."

                    Even being rich enough not to work couldn't get many American workers to give up the  goal of finding the job that is a perfect fit. While more than half said they would keep working, only 30 percent said they would keep their current jobs. In fact, only 15 percent said they were in their dream job. With such low numbers for liking the jobs they were in, one would predict these workers would be candidates for leaving the labor force all together. But even though they wouldn't have to work, they still valued holding a job. Thirty-six percent say that while they hadn't found their dream job yet, they believed they would — someday.

                    Harik-Williams said Americans so highly valuing work was something to admire as well as to be a little concerned about.

                    "Our work is clearly important to us, but we must be careful not to emphasize the role of work in our lives to the exclusion of things like health and self-care," she said. "One must feel a sense of meaning in life besides work. Volunteerism and other kinds of worthy types of activity are examples."

                    So instead of continuing to work, these hypothetical lottery winners should have considered valuable activities they could have engaged in other than holding a job, Harik-Williams said.

                    Granot said while this survey was consistent with other polls in which workers were asked what they would do if they won the lottery, their answers may not indicate how respondents really would act if they won. He said research shows people often do poorly at predicting how they will behave in certain circumstances. Granot gave the example of a survey in which customers had been asked before they went into a fast-food restaurant what they planned to order.

                    "The largest portion of respondents said something along the lines of a salad and a diet Coke," he said. "Then there were people observing inside as they were making their orders. As you can guess, that wasn't how it really played out."

                    "It wasn't that there was lying going on," Granot said. "They really had the intention of staying healthy. It is just that things don't necessarily play out as we had expected."

                    But he said one thing about the survey couldn't be debated. We need more than money in helping to define who we are and helping to give meaning to our lives.

                    "I am not belittling money," he said. "I am a business professor. But there is more to life than money.

                    "Can you imagine?" he joked.

                    I would put the money into my business so I would still work but I would just be working fo myself:) BananaDance

                    I just want to tell the lottery officals give me my moneyyy Banana

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                      Posted: July 24, 2014, 11:28 pm - IP Logged

                      Most stories I've read about winners who won a lot then stayed on the job said the winners had problems with co-workers.  Many of their co-workers figured they should resign and let someone who needed the job take it.  I imagine in most regular work places, with regular workers (not professionals, or people unique jobs) that co workers feel that way.   If you win enough to retire, and want to work, I'm sure you could figure out some other way to work or keep busy.   That's what I would do.  But, whatever new work I did would not involve a commute, or the normal weekly 9-5 grind.  I'd work when and if I wanted to.  And, if I didn't make any money, so what?  The money buys you freedom from the grind, and from work if that's what you want.  Big winner 'Lotto' Jack Whittaker never stopped working after he took home $115,000,000 in 2002.  But, he owned his own business.

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                        Posted: July 24, 2014, 11:30 pm - IP Logged

                        I can 't imagine just sitting there at the office waiting for my 2 weeks a year of vacation so I can go off to see the world...

                        Great post.  I'd literally burn a hole in my chair.

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                          Posted: July 24, 2014, 11:32 pm - IP Logged

                          Yes I'd quit the minute I find out I won, even in the middle of work shift.  I could care less what they think about me or what my actions say about me.  I have higher self esteem than that and now I am rich.  I'd keep working if I have a slave soul.  The brain then would need retraining.  If I want to work that bad, I'd do useful work that will benefit others, not keep making a bunch of fat shareholder boys rich.  I'd volunteer at non-profit orgs or start my own.  I'd help the homeless get jobs and get on their feet and sick/hospitalized children.

                          Best post I've read in a long time.  But, guess whose going to attack what you just put so well?  Your comment probably went right over their heads anyway.  We need more people like yourself.

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                            Posted: July 24, 2014, 11:37 pm - IP Logged

                            This is the middle class mindset imho. The upper class thanks you for your desire to keep working to line their pockets

                            You've got my vote.  Agree 100%.

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                              MONEY NEVER SLEEPS.