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  1. #131
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    Lol... Well, that's cool. However, the problem is work is such an integral part of some people's lives that they simply don't *know* anything else, including how to enjoy themselves!

    In essence, they've completely lost focus on what life should be all about.

    Marco.
    "A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do". - Milan Kundera.

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  2. #132
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe View Post
    It depends. really. When I was last unemployed, for about 6 months in my early 20s, I was happy as Larry. No money, but also no responsibilities, apart from rolling up at the dole office every other week to sign a form. My outgoings were almost nil; I spent very little on food, and back then the idea of forking out a couple of quid for a coffee would have seemed laughable.

    I'm not in the slightest bit 'driven', and it was only the acquisition of responsibilities (mortgage, wife and two children) that got me out of bed in the morning. Other people can't abide being idle, and will work until they (literally in some cases) drop.
    I was also unemployed in my early twenties and it was a great time in my life. There was literally no work, not even manual labouring so no need to feel guilty about 'dossing'. Nothing to lose, nothing I had to do except sign on once a fortnight. Got used to having no money, discovered ways to work around it. On the minus side I did sometimes worry about the future; you can't go on like that forever. Once I had a mortgage that was it, I had to stay in work. Fortunately by then there was work, I was always able to get something and keep paying it despite being made redundant twice. If I'd been stuck on the dole then I would have lost the house, that would all have been a bit grim.
    Martin



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    some folk need to work. its their reason to be and cant survive without it.
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  4. #134
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    I have a couple of friends who have interesting, high powered jobs and enjoy them and regard them as a hobby. MY father was the same. I've only had one job like that and it only lasted two years. Now I'm happy as long as I don't hate my work, and if I start hating it I can quit without worrying about losing the house.
    Martin



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    Technics SL1200 with Sumiko h/s & Nagaoka MP50 * Firebottle valve MM phono stage * Parasound CDPi1000 * NVA P90SA passive pre / Krell KSA50S Power amp * JM Lab Electra 926 loudspeakers *



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  5. #135
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    some folk need to work. its their reason to be and cant survive without it.
    Yes, and that mentality, when taken to extremes, is part of the problem. What you do (or should do), once you've reached retiring age, is replace work with a hobby you love, and then 'throw yourself into' that, like you did with your job.

    That way you won't 'miss' working, thus can survive without it. It also helps if you're married or have a partner and/or kids, which helps you focus on other things than just work, such as enjoying their company and seeing a bit of the world outside of your own back door.

    Quite simply, in everyone's life, there should be a predetermined (pleasurable) 'end goal', so when you're young, you work towards achieving that goal - and once done, you simply sit back and enjoy it!

    Marco.
    "A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do". - Milan Kundera.

    "Your validity or worth are not defined or determined by the views of others with their own superimposed agendas". - Pharos (on AoS)

    My system:

    Modified Technics SL-1210MK5G/Mike New high-precision bearing & baseplate/Mike New ETP platter/Bruil record weight/Nagaoka GL602 crystal T/T mat. Paul Hynes SR7EHD PSU (plus regulator modules)/DCSXL pure-silver DC lead. Ortofon RS-212D tonearm/'Speedy Steve' custom-made Ebony armboard. Yannis Tome 423.5 Phono Silver-Litz tonearm cable, with Furutech CF-DIN(R) and Eichmann silver Bullet Plugs. Cartridges: Denon DL-S1 in AT MG-10 headshell with AT-6106 Quattro Hybrid lead-wire. Denon DL-103C1 in '103U' headshell with AT-609 silver lead-wire. Vintage Denon DL-103AU in AT-Ti15ANV Titanium Headshell. Shure M55E in Denon PCL-300 headshell with 6N silver lead-wire. Shure original USA SC35C. Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 transport/DAC. Raspberry Pi-3 Model B and IQaudio Pi-DAC+/Paul Hynes SR3DR-05 linear PSU/Williams Audio NAS linear PSU. Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X preamp. Stereo Coffee LDR. Head-amp: Paul Hynes design/SR5 PSU. Also modified Lentek. Tube Distinctions 50W Class A P/P Copper amp with cryo-treated Tung Sol KT150s. Speakers: 'Lockwood Majors', using 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds, modified with bespoke crossovers. Also Celestion Ditton 15XRs. Stands: Mana Acoustics (non-magnetic stainless steel 'clones’). Hi-Fi Racks Podium T/T wall shelf. Sony ST-5055L tuner. Cables: Furukawa EE/F-S 2mm & 2.6mm solid-core mains leads, fitted with Furutech FI-50 IECs and FI-1363Rs. Stereo interconnects: Sommer Carbokab 225 (with silver-plated MS Audio non-metallic POM RCAs). Speaker cable: VDH 'The Wind' Hybrid II. Digital coaxial cable: 1m Trompeter Electronics Triax TRC-75-2, with MS Audio ‘Starline' silver-plated RCAs. Mains block: Mark Grant 6-way, modded with Furutech FP-1363R sockets and Furukawa cable. Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW 16.5 record cleaner.

  6. #136
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Quite simply, in everyone's life, there should be a predetermined (pleasurable) 'end goal', so when you're young, you work towards achieving that goal - and once done, you simply enjoy it!

    Marco.
    Plenty of people enjoy their work so it isn't really 'work' to them. What you are saying makes sense if you hate every minute of it but how many people does that apply to? Plus the irony is that if you have a high paid job the odds are that you do enjoy it. If you have a low paid job not only will you likely not enjoy doing it but you will be poor when you retire, you won't be living it up or jetting around the world on holiday.
    Martin



    Current Lash Up:

    Technics SL1200 with Sumiko h/s & Nagaoka MP50 * Firebottle valve MM phono stage * Parasound CDPi1000 * NVA P90SA passive pre / Krell KSA50S Power amp * JM Lab Electra 926 loudspeakers *



    "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me." - Hunter S Thompson

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    I don't usually work more than 9-10 months in a year on average these days. But that's my choice in not just picking up any contract under the sun.

    I'm a fussy freelancer these days. But not working for a bit really helps you chill and in my case do a lot more swimming etc etc.
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  9. #139
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    Plenty of people enjoy their work so it isn't really 'work' to them. What you are saying makes sense if you hate every minute of it but how many people does that apply to?
    That's not what I mean. You have to see work, whether you love your job or not, simply as the facilitator that (eventually) enables you to do what you really want to do, such as enjoying time with your loved ones, free from any stress or worry about bills, as you've effectively 'prepaid' for the likely remainder of your existence.

    Work, for any successful person with a healthy outlook on life, should *never* be the be-all-and-end-all, or your very reason for living. If it is, then I'm sorry, that's not a healthy place to be. And I can almost guarantee you that most in that unfortunate position aren't genuinely happy, whether they care to admit it or not.

    Life is ALL about feeling happy and fulfilled as a person. Ultimately, nothing else matters, and if that's not the case, you simply won't genuinely be happy.

    Plus the irony is that if you have a high paid job the odds are that you do enjoy it. If you have a low paid job not only will you likely not enjoy doing it but you will be poor when you retire, you won't be living it up or jetting around the world on holiday.
    Yes, you may well enjoy your highly paid job, if you're in it for the RIGHT reasons and are genuinely happy.

    However, many people I know with highly paid jobs simply have them to fund a certain lifestyle, which they feel that they should have, in order to fit in with others or consider themselves a 'success', and although they may *seem* happy on the outside, underneath it's all a pretence, often including the lifestyle that they have to work almost round the clock to afford.

    That's not a life; it's merely an existence. I'd absolutely hate that, and it's what drives many people to heart attacks (or strokes) with the stress of it all.

    If you're in a low-paid job, things may well be shit, for different reasons, BUT if you're happy with a simple life and few material possessions, thus have little debt and live within your means, overall feel happy and fulfilled as a person, have all the time you need to be with your loved ones and are 100% in control of your life, then that can be the greatest feeling in the world - and often one many millionaires never get to experience.

    Marco.
    "A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do". - Milan Kundera.

    "Your validity or worth are not defined or determined by the views of others with their own superimposed agendas". - Pharos (on AoS)

    My system:

    Modified Technics SL-1210MK5G/Mike New high-precision bearing & baseplate/Mike New ETP platter/Bruil record weight/Nagaoka GL602 crystal T/T mat. Paul Hynes SR7EHD PSU (plus regulator modules)/DCSXL pure-silver DC lead. Ortofon RS-212D tonearm/'Speedy Steve' custom-made Ebony armboard. Yannis Tome 423.5 Phono Silver-Litz tonearm cable, with Furutech CF-DIN(R) and Eichmann silver Bullet Plugs. Cartridges: Denon DL-S1 in AT MG-10 headshell with AT-6106 Quattro Hybrid lead-wire. Denon DL-103C1 in '103U' headshell with AT-609 silver lead-wire. Vintage Denon DL-103AU in AT-Ti15ANV Titanium Headshell. Shure M55E in Denon PCL-300 headshell with 6N silver lead-wire. Shure original USA SC35C. Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 transport/DAC. Raspberry Pi-3 Model B and IQaudio Pi-DAC+/Paul Hynes SR3DR-05 linear PSU/Williams Audio NAS linear PSU. Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X preamp. Stereo Coffee LDR. Head-amp: Paul Hynes design/SR5 PSU. Also modified Lentek. Tube Distinctions 50W Class A P/P Copper amp with cryo-treated Tung Sol KT150s. Speakers: 'Lockwood Majors', using 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds, modified with bespoke crossovers. Also Celestion Ditton 15XRs. Stands: Mana Acoustics (non-magnetic stainless steel 'clones’). Hi-Fi Racks Podium T/T wall shelf. Sony ST-5055L tuner. Cables: Furukawa EE/F-S 2mm & 2.6mm solid-core mains leads, fitted with Furutech FI-50 IECs and FI-1363Rs. Stereo interconnects: Sommer Carbokab 225 (with silver-plated MS Audio non-metallic POM RCAs). Speaker cable: VDH 'The Wind' Hybrid II. Digital coaxial cable: 1m Trompeter Electronics Triax TRC-75-2, with MS Audio ‘Starline' silver-plated RCAs. Mains block: Mark Grant 6-way, modded with Furutech FP-1363R sockets and Furukawa cable. Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW 16.5 record cleaner.

  10. #140
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    my old mate loved working and especially the job he had most of his life. didnt want to retire but was forced to. became depressed not working and tried other jobs but hankered for his old one, then his brain went; stroke or something like that. then had a growth appear and soon never knew anyone. died a few months later. all very upsetting. we all felt if he had stayed in his job he would have lived longer. some folk dont like having a lot of spare time you see. I can understand it, as I dont like too much myself. But he was different and actually lived for his job. A lot of old folk did. he never smiled after he retired
    Regards,
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    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
    IMUTO TAURUS X4 BATTERY SUPPLY. - RPI2B & AUDIOPHONICS DAC running MOODE 3.7- TONBRUX BATTERY SUPPLY & CHROMECAST2 AUDIO DONGLE no1 - JBE SERIES 3 SLATEDECK & EMOTIVA XPS-1 PHONO - DENON DV2900 - TWIN PRO MONOBLOCK AMPLIFIERS. - XIANG SHENG DAC\PRE\HEADPHONE AMP. -AUDIO TECHNICA ATH-MSR7 & OPPO PM-3 PLANAR HEADPHONES - WIN10 JRIVER22, SPOTIFY PREMIUM- KINPS CABLES, SMSL M6 MINIDAC, CHROMECAST2 AUDIO DONGLE no2 POWERED BY ANKER BATTERY PSU - FULL RANGE TWIN & SINGLE TELEFUNKEN's - Q ACOUSTIC BT3 actives - CANTON SUB - TANDBERG TCD310 CASS - CARTS.. ACD xlm mk1 integra, AT95 Shibata, SHURE M55E original, JVC MD1029. - RCA CABLES BY BRIAN SPKR CABLES BY MOI HAIR BY MARCO FEET BY ELECTRICBEACH - MAINS REGENERATED BY POWERINSPIRED AND FILTERED BY BELKIN PUREAV.

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