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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: I totally agree with you - school encourage us to earn a living - become a wage slave. Kids are not allowed to be creative - in fact, schools usually kick it out of young kids under the pretext that they were "not doing what they were told".

    “Making money isn't hard in itself... What's hard is to earn it doing something worth devoting one's life to.”
    ― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind - This is the second time I've quoted this on TED today!
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      Nov 1 2013: Thanks! I saw that:
      “Making money isn't hard in itself... What's hard is to earn it doing something worth devoting one's life to.”
      ― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
      Good now you gave me something to read :)

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