If you were to suddenly get a sum of $10M, would you take it or leave it?

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  1. earnforlife profile image59
    earnforlifeposted 5 years ago

    If you were to suddenly get a sum of $10M, would you take it or leave it?

    Some people will be quick to say that they would easily accept a large sum of money without giving it a second thought. I am not sure that I would accept it, mainly because of fear of change. What would I do with all that money after living a humble peaceful life with my wife and children over the years. Of course, I would love to retire and not have to work ever again, but I am very much aware that sudden wealth might bring its fare share of problems. How would this change my life, my wife, my kids and everyone else around me? Will I be the same or will the money change me?

  2. Tusitala Tom profile image65
    Tusitala Tomposted 5 years ago

    I'm an old guy with most of his life behind him but I'd still take the money.  Why?  I know I could use such a large amount to do many things.  So, after  'disappearing' for a few weeks so I could give the matter some serious thought, I'm sure I could find a lot of enjoyment in surprising people with an anonymous gift here an there to help people through their tougher times.

    For example, could you imagine the delight on some poor householder, say a single Mum with three kids who is going to be evicted from her home because she can't pay the mortgage repayments.   And then she gets a letter from the bank to tell her an anonymous donor has paid out the whole debt for her!

    Wow!   Wouldn't you like to be in a postion to do that?   And still have heaps of money to travel on holidays, et cetera.   

    One thing I would do though, is endeavour to remain anonymous and not let anyone know of my huge windfall.   Envy could lose one friends.  Jealousy could break up families.   That said, I'd still take the money.

    1. earnforlife profile image59
      earnforlifeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You have a selfless heart Tusitala, and your answer makes perfect sense. Maybe accepting the money and using it help others would be better than not accepting it at all.

  3. Borsia profile image42
    Borsiaposted 5 years ago

    I would take it in a heartbeat. Other than some changes in my lifestyle I doubt that it would cause me any problems.
    10M sounds like a lot of money and indeed it is bit not so much to make me run wild.
    Mostly I would buy myself a nice yacht and spend what time I have left exploring the places in the world that interest me.

    1. earnforlife profile image59
      earnforlifeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      LOL! I love your spirit Borsia. Its so interesting to hear all the different things that ppl would do with a large sum of money. I guess we all have 1 life to live. Maybe we should just make the best of it.

  4. PoeticPhilosophy profile image79
    PoeticPhilosophyposted 5 years ago

    I would find out if there were any catches, if I were able to just freely take 10M I'd take it in a heart-beat! You know honestly you would to, anyone would. Free 10M yeah! Haha, But with that I would still continue to write cause it truly is my passion atm.

  5. connorj profile image79
    connorjposted 5 years ago

    i would definitely accept this sum. Would it not be a significant act of selfishness to avoid such an opportunity to help others? What assistance one could generate for self, loved ones, friends and needing strangers,,,
    I believe the significant question to contemplate is if you received this sum, what percentage would you donate to charitable causes. This makes me associate with what I recently read about the March of Dimes Foundation, The article concluded that the March of Dimes was most aptly named because only 10 percent (i.e. a dime) of what they receive goes to any of their charitable causes... Apparently 90 percent goes to their significantly high salaries, expenses and other costs of existing...

  6. bBerean profile image61
    bBereanposted 5 years ago

    I would accept the money, but consider it an ominous responsibility.  I would need no more from it than to pay myself the modest salary I currently get, and to pay off my mortgage, in order to allow me the freedom to spend my time administering the funds for the greatest positive effect.  As a businessman, this would partially involve setting up self sufficient organizations to perpetuate the money rather than just spend it, and thereby help more people.  It is a challenge I would welcome and take very seriously.

  7. cat on a soapbox profile image96
    cat on a soapboxposted 5 years ago

    As long as the money doesn't come in a fraudulent way, I would accept it. It would take the burden off of health care expenses and allow necessary upgrades to our home. I prefer to live small, but would welcome a summer cottage on a lake, some family travel, and the ability to help others as well as leave a nest egg for our daughter. I enjoy working part-time and staying active, so I doubt that I'd fully retire.

    1. earnforlife profile image59
      earnforlifeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for sharing cat. I do prefer to live a comfortable, humble life as well. The sum would surely benefit the family for generations...maybe.

  8. lburmaster profile image81
    lburmasterposted 5 years ago

    The fear of change? Change is usually the last thing we consider. Yes, it would change you. Only few are changed by large amounts of money. But the fact that you worry about it, means you have a better chance of not being affected. Most likely the fear of the catch. If you suddenly have this money, what do you have to pay for it? Never find love again, your personality, your family, your home, your sense of self, etc.

  9. epbooks profile image81
    epbooksposted 5 years ago

    I'd take it and put it to good use. I'd love to open a no-kill animal shelter.


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