letsgobobby wrote:yes just to clarify, I am talking about 25 x expenses, not income.
I do have trouble spending money. But I don't think spending more is what I'm looking for. I want more blocks of time off for myself, and less pressure during the hours I actually work.
I get what you are saying. One of my friends from medical school told me a few years back, "I think we will continue to make a good living in medicine, but we'll just have to run a lot harder and move more volume to make it". I think he was spot on. In my field I have zero control over that; I can choose to work in high or low volume facilities but these days regardless of that, unless you are in a "sleeper ER" attached to a surgery center, they are going to tailor the patients/hour to make sure you are busy. It seems that you should have more control over that in your field if you can find the right niche.
I have watched many of my colleagues spend more money on a variety of things (cars, country clubs, bigger homes, more/nicer vacations) and at times I have felt like I was a little too much of a glutton for punishment. They say that "the best revenge is living well". I can't say for sure if splurging a little more will have any impact on my career satisfaction at all, but I'm weary of having a lifestyle of someone who earns 1/3 of what I do. It's been tough for me to find the right balance, but right now I'm at a point where I feel that it's time to start enjoying myself a bit more.