As with most immigrant children, a very strong work ethic was instilled in me from a young age. I started working at 15 and I’ve had very few months in between then and now that were completely work free and it was scary.
I’m currently in transition so I know that I will have to deal with those same fears and feelings of anxiety…mainly the feeling that I’m not doing “anything” if I’m not working.
If I achieve wealth (or rather, when I do) I will still work because I believe that work is two-fold.
1. Working toward self-actualization – happiness
2. Assisting others
Being fortunate to reach that goal earlier in life would mean that I would have more time to dedicate to the second aspect of the work I believe we are assigned to do.
I think the fundamental problem with society is that we have come to believe that our work is complete when we have achieved success or riches and because it starts to feel hollow you either seek out more money and success without realizing that it is a two-fold process.
I am by no means saying that you can’t work at both at the same time, I’m just noting that with success and influence the second part becomes a lot easier to do and if you’re really lucky, it would mean that you could do the second part full time. 🙂