Money vs. Interesting Work

From the comments of Never Make Counter Offers on Bram Cohen’s weblog,

…Money is really like a chronic disease, my financial situation is something that intrudes on what I want to do, and prevents me from doing it unless I keep it treated. Either the work is interesting, or it isn’t what I want to do with my life. (You turn 40 at the same time regardless of what you’ve been doing, the question “was it worth it” is not a dollar value question.)

I suspect all real geeks are like this. Being paid very well to sit in a cubicle with nothing to do (been there, quit that) is low-grade torture.

Rob Landley

About Jeremy Zawodny

I'm a software engineer and pilot. I work at craigslist by day, hacking on various bits of back-end software and data systems. As a pilot, I fly Glastar N97BM, Just AirCraft SuperSTOL N119AM, Bonanza N200TE, and high performance gliders in the northern California and Nevada area. I'm also the original author of "High Performance MySQL" published by O'Reilly Media. I still speak at conferences and user groups on occasion.
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4 Responses to Money vs. Interesting Work

  1. In the past week, I had the CTO of a company with the audacity to ask why I was complaining about getting all the facts (i.e. some specification) to complete a task (something that has been sitting at 90% for some weeks). I wanted to finish the task as soon as possible, yet his comment was, we are paying you for your time, so what if it takes longer.
    First of all, it is his money, but I would want to do onto others as I would like them to do to me. I do not want anybody wasting my money, why would I want to willingly want waste somebody else’s money. I have a great self worth and values system then that.

    Epic fail, my time is always worth more then your money.
    I go by the attitude, I can always earn more money, I can never get back the time.

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  3. With regard to the original post (not the previous comment), what bunk. Money is simple. Spend less than you make and save for a rainy day. If you want to do something that makes less, do it. You don’t need to wax on about what a revelation it is to settle for less of something. Most American’s do it every day. The real question is when faced with a choice, how many people would eagerly jump at the chance for one day in your shoes? Nobody appreciates anything any more. That kind of article, book, or whatever it came from is what’s wrong with America today. Just a bunch of grown up children that don’t want to sit through story time even though the teacher says it’s good for them.

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