Gisela McKay

President and Co-Founder, pixcode

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What would you do differently if money was truly "no object"?

I don't mean the basic "what would you do if you had enough money to afford to do what you want" I mean if it were truly not a factor.

1. If money weren't a factor in self-esteem: i.e. no one in your sphere were going to judge you based on your salary or job title.

2. If even every whim could be satisfied, not just your basic life needs.

Whether you want to pretend you have acquired a great benefactor/patron or it is a century or two in the future and replicator technology has shifted our way of being in the world, what would you spend your days doing if it weren't about fashioning a career or earning a living?

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    Dec 27 2011: QUOTE: "What would you do differently if money was truly "no object"?"

    That is pretty much how I have lived my life.

    I have a saying, "If I wouldn't do it for free, I won't do it for money."

    There have been one or two times in my life when, for financial reasons, I could not live up to that "ideal" but, for the most part, I have always been able to do things only because they were meaningful to me. The money takes care of itself. Or it doesn't.

    I like living that way.

    Generally speaking, I do not recommend it. In my observation, most people can not deal with the uncertainty of such an "open" approach to living.

    Very little I have done is "repeatable" ... not even by me so it is not something I could recommend.

    For example, I have spent the last three years "building a company" that will eventually be self-sustaining. I have not established any legal protection for myself. If I am successful (and I likely will be) there is nothing in the company charter that will compel it to recognize me in any way. I do not own a single share. I am not even paid a salary.

    I prefer it this way.

    Money is no object.
  • Dec 27 2011: I would spend my days acquiring so much knowledge and touching lives with that knowledge
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    Dec 29 2011: If money weren't a factor I would create a project to provide food, drinking water, home, health services and education to every single human been in this world.
  • Dec 27 2011: I would drift the world and meet people from every culture.
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    Dec 28 2011: What a fantastical question . . . I would spend my time anonymously creating surreal scenarios for public enjoyment through suprise and intrigue; and in my leisure, eat gourmet food and tidepool.
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    Dec 27 2011: Be certified in academics without an elitist system
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    Dec 29 2011: I actually think the hidden truth of humanity, or possibly, just manity... Is that if money were truly no object, we'd find a man or woman we love, have lots of sex, and park ourselves under a shady tree by a river : p
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    Dec 28 2011: I would revise my life plan by reassigning all of my efforts to the pursuit of Fame since the pursuit of Wealth has become pointless.
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    Dec 27 2011: I would set up a modern-day equivalent to Menlo Park (the Edison one, not the California namesake).

    I have about 30 items I would love to build without having to consider market value and/or where the cash was going to come from. Even if they weren't the final product, they could be the basis from which other invention could spring.

    I would love to surround myself with other creative types to just see what we'd come up with.
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      Dec 28 2011: QUOTE: "I would set up a modern-day equivalent to Menlo Park"

      That would be very cool!

      Some companies have built that creative mindset into their corporate structure: 3M, Google, W. L. Gore & Associates, Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies, etc.
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    Dec 27 2011: i would start a new project every week, and i would not finish any of them.
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      Dec 27 2011: Cynicism at it's finest.
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      Dec 27 2011: For how long could that possibly be entertaining?
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        Dec 27 2011: indefinitely. i have like six million ideas, but i get bored after a while
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          Dec 27 2011: So, wouldn't you prefer to have a project and then hand it off to a team of people who love to complete things?
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        Dec 27 2011: how to get such a team?
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          Dec 28 2011: Build it.
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          Dec 28 2011: I was thinking that if money weren't a factor, it would be easier to attract that team, as there are people who are excited by creating something new and taking it to the prototype stage.

          I often wonder how much further we'd be, technologically at least, if we didn't keep losing intelligent people from sciences and design to fields that pay more.
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        Dec 28 2011: gisela, i'm not clear on the rules then. i thought you mean i don't need money, not that i can hand out as much as i want.

        if i also can pay employees, it is easier. then i would start projects with teams, and supervise them from time to time.

        yet another problem if i don't need money, and nobody else does either. then i need to convince people to work on my project, which is, again, something i'm bad at.