Last night, I watched one of my favorite movies, Office Space.
Having spent a couple of years working on Year 2000 issues, I can sympathize with the characters in this movie. Sometimes, the dehumanizing aspects of greedy, self-serving corporations can make you depressed. After I quit my last job, I watched Office Space a couple of times and it really cheered me up. It reinforced my belief that I shouldn’t put up with abuse at work, just to earn a living. There are many great companies out there and I am thankful to be working for one right now.
The Million Dollar Question
During one scene in the movie, Peter asks Michael and Samir what they would do if they had a million dollars. They talk about investing in mutual funds and taking care of their families. Peter’s answer is that he would do absolutely nothing. He would just get up every morning and do whatever he wanted. In the past, I have had a similar “dream goal” of taking it easy and enjoying my day. It’s all about the freedom for me.
My Million Dollar Dream
Now that I have such an enjoyable job, my goals have changed quite a bit. Instead of slacking off and lounging around, I think I would like to do something for the betterment of mankind. I would like to contribute to the world in some way that isn’t possible with the resources I have right now. If I had a million dollars, I would devote some of my time and money, to a higher purpose.
I’m not yet sure what my contribution will be. But, I have an interest in the field of energy. I believe the control and pricing of energy is the biggest criminal enterprise I have witnessed in my lifetime. I grew up in one of the smoggiest cities in the nation. And, I have always felt we were being poisoned for the sake of someone’s profit. Having lived through the Oil Embargo, Rolling Blackouts and the recent manipulation of oil prices, it seems we are being cheated for energy at every turn.
Here is some good news. We are on the verge of a revolution, where people will be in control of their own energy resources. Just as computers, blogs and the Internet have broken the monopolies over music, news and communications, new technologies will destroy the monopolies over energy. In a few years, electric cars, solar panels and energy storage devices may be as ubiquitous as personal computers and cell phones are today. I believe we are nearing the end of the era of burning things to create energy. And, I would love to do something to help affect this change.
What’s Your Million Dollar Dream?
The real question is; what would YOU do if you had a million dollars? Would you enjoy a life of shameless luxury? Would you pay off the bills and help out your family? Would invest the money and ride the markets? Or, would you party large until it’s all gone? There are as many answers as there are dreams and dreamers.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that it’s easy to dream of a million dollars. But, it’s not so easy to deal with the reality. The grim statistics of lottery winners will confirm that it’s not always a blessing. So, be careful what you wish for. And, never lose sight of your dreams.
“I would rather have a million friends than a million dollars.”
Eddie Rickenbacker – WWI Fighter Ace & Race Car Driver
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