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  •  Well, who wouldn't wish they had worked less? (5+ / 0-)

    Most of us work to pay a mortgage or rent, to put food on the table, raise a family, and to enjoy whatever we enjoy (travel, gadgets, etc).  Unless you're born or marry into wealth, you have to work to achieve those things.

    And, on a macro scale, 7 billion people need shelter and food, among other things, and shelter and food don't magically appear - certainly not in quantities to sustain the planet.

    So, it would be great if I could work less to make ends meet and to do my part in the economy, I don't know that it's wisdom that makes people say that they wish they had worked less - it's more likely on the same level as wishing that I could win the lottery.

    •  I think (1+ / 0-)
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      the majority of the people who say this is a regret are the ones who put in more than a 40-hour week. The ones who work late nights and/or weekends. I had a job like that once, where I had to work almost every waking hour to get everything done that I was responsible for. Management said that's what being a "salaried" employee meant, and we were not just hourly 9-to-5 workers. It took a big toll on me physically. If I'd had kids, I would have missed out on spending any time with them. After a couple years, I quit that job, and it was one of the best decisions I'd made.

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