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Making a living or making a life?

Americans are educated in a system that advertises the American dream, as a person working hard and making money for his family. A succesfull family is portrayed as being that of a couple working their butts off to buy what they most desire. Do you feel that in our american dream, we have been thaught to make a living more than we have been thaught to make a life? We can work long hours and make more money , but have we learned to enjoy precious moments, our family, and overall our life?

ok another scenario,What would you rather choose, if you have both love for your family, but are equally passionate for your work. It happens to very few people. The people that it does happen to though, are the people who might be passionate about a certain thing or subject doesn't necessarilly mean that their focus is only money. Besides having their families as motivation, these people also have a genuine love for the work they do, and are motivated to either make a difference in their field, and sometimes can't manage to balance both family and work. I guess that it all comes down to every individual, like you said only I can answer myself. Thanks for the answers.

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    Nov 1 2013: Hi Giovanni,
    Whatever we have been taught, as thinking, feeling, intelligent humans, we have choices, and often the best way to achieve what we think we want, is with balance.

    You are the ONLY one who can answer your question for yourself....
    "We can work long hours and make more money, but have we learned to enjoy precious moments, our family and overall our life?"

    I know what is important to me Giovanni......have you decided what is important to you?

    "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give..."
    (Winston Churchill)

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