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Do you live to work or work to live?

  1. bankscottage profile image95
    bankscottageposted 5 years ago

    Do you live to work or work to live?

    Do you live so that you can work just to survive or do you work just enough to live the way you want  to?

  2. hockey8mn profile image76
    hockey8mnposted 5 years ago

    Work?  What is this work business?  I would say right now in my life I live so that I can work.  I feel that is the way many people start off after college.  Find a job and live to work.  Eventually work your way up the chain and then work to live.  Not necessarily work just enough.

  3. anagham profile image60
    anaghamposted 5 years ago

    I just enjoy my work and live my life to work..  I believe one must have a purpose so that one can live life and work and not work to live life...

  4. unvrso profile image90
    unvrsoposted 5 years ago

    I work to live; unfortunately, I have to spend much of my precious time making some money to survive. If I could live without working, I could spend the time doing valuable things for me and for others.

  5. allelsematters profile image77
    allelsemattersposted 5 years ago

    I work to live in order for me to survive. I was recently hired so i have to really work hard and do my best to prove to them that I am worthy in this position. Through work i can help my mother in paying our bills.

  6. fpherj48 profile image76
    fpherj48posted 5 years ago

    Wow, banks...you know how to ask those "must think about this," questions!!  For the majority of my life, during my working career, the hard core fact is that I worked to support 4 sons, pay the bills and keep our heads above water......During that time of my life, I never really gave it much further thought....and it always seemed I was in good company.  I can honestly say within my circle of family and friends, we were all working for the same reasons.
    I retired early (pretty much forced, due to family illness/issues)....and for the past 10 years, have worked alongside my husband in our own business.....which is quite fortunately, very busy and successful.   It's an entirely different world, to work for yourself.   Now, I can answer your question by saying, we work enough to live the way we choose........The answer to your question is probably one that has various responses from most people, depending on some of the very situations I mentioned.   Our life takes on different forms and meaning, at different periods in our life, don't you think?.

    1. bankscottage profile image95
      bankscottageposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Agree.  HGTV actually prompted this question.  A young couple was leaving Canada (living for work) to move to the Dominican Republic (work for living) to open a bar to run together.  Make just enough while they do the things they wanted to do.

  7. edhan profile image60
    edhanposted 5 years ago

    I work to do my part for society and giving the best for my children.

  8. wtaylorjr2001 profile image76
    wtaylorjr2001posted 5 years ago

    I believe that we live to work. One purpose in life is to enjoy the richness that our world has to offer. It can be watching videos on hulu or playing a massive multiplayer online roleplaying game, or it can even be the joy of a delicious general tso chicken meal. These are things that are produced by our society for our consumption, for our joy. Work is creating these things. Ideally work is the production of products and services that produce value in our lives, that produce smiles, laughter, or even tears. If you work at walmart you enabling someones child to laugh and crawl across the floor with certain toys. If you work at an automobile factory your enabling a family to share roast turkey and mashed potatoes together. We live to increase the amount of joy that our society can manifest, and thus we live to work.

    There is a problem in which most people don't enjoy their work. I think that more people can enjoy what they do if they had the ability to create their own income streams and support themselves with it. They could do what they liked and get paid. I believe that most people in this country should be entrepreneurs. Those who aren't should be working to become entrepreneurs. But that's another matter.

    Another great thing about living to do the work that you love is the possibility of producing value and joy for hundreds of thousands if not hundreds of millions of people. As a rule of thumb, the more value you create for others, the wealthier you become. It is the nature of a capitalistic society. This is why I think that we live to work as working is the ability to produce value for all.

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    mayank786posted 5 years ago

    As we all want to earn some extra money for our expenses so we keep searching for new job opportunities to earn more and more and to live happily so approx 90 % of the people work to live.