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Does money = success?

I have noticed here on Cafemom, particularly in this section, that several people seem to think that unless you are well off with a high paying job, accomplished by many years of education, you are not "as good".  My husband wanted to be a police officer, and I wanted to be an RN.  We'll never be wealthy, but we are happy with our careers.  Both are perfectly respectable jobs, so are we "successful"?  Or do we not make enough money to be deemed so?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 7:30 PM on Apr. 14, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (26)
  • If you are happy with your career choices then you are successful. I do not know of anyone who thinks being wealthy = success. Being responsible=success.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 7:38 PM on Apr. 14, 2011

  • I don't understand how someone can get as worked up (as OP) over what someone else 'thinks' is successful or not.... IMO~ My husband and I are successful.. One reason (of many).... We have never felt entitled to success.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:42 PM on Apr. 14, 2011

  • No, money does not equal success. If a homeless person wins the lottery - are they successful? Not so much. If you are happy with your jobs and can care for you and yours, you're successful. I know a few people who are considered "wealthy", but they seem miserable with their lives. I would MUCH rather be happy than rich.
    DusterMommy

    Answer by DusterMommy at 7:49 PM on Apr. 14, 2011

  • Funny that you did not actually answer the question, grlygrlz. You are one of the several people who inspired me to ask this question.
    Anonymous

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 7:53 PM on Apr. 14, 2011

  • I would consider a policeman and an RN, earning full salaries in a metro area wealthy. An RN can earn as much as 98K in a metro hospital and policemen in Chicago and Miami can make as much as 100K with overtime and working his way up the ranks. With 50% of their retirements being provided by taxpayers and their benies paid too? Yup, you two could be wealthy. Would I call you successful? Who Cares.
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:10 PM on Apr. 14, 2011

  • I'm a teacher and my husband is a forester. These careers will not make us wealthy, but they do make us feel successful. I don't know anyone who is being honest and not sarcastic that thinks wealth = success.

    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 8:13 PM on Apr. 14, 2011

  • Does money = success?

    Heh, apparently you've never seen a Real Housewives show. Money = higher volume trash, but that's about it.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 8:14 PM on Apr. 14, 2011

  • does = success but does help in so many ways.
    juliemomx2

    Answer by juliemomx2 at 8:16 PM on Apr. 14, 2011

  • Heh, apparently you've never seen a Real Housewives show. Money = higher volume trash, but that's about it.


    Very true! Pretty much all of the reality "stars" did nothing to earn their wealth, and I think we can all agree they aren't successful.
    DusterMommy

    Answer by DusterMommy at 8:24 PM on Apr. 14, 2011

  • LOL.... OP~Where have I said success is measured by a high paying job? Success is a personal measurement... Why do you have to ask OTHER people if YOU are successful?
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:26 PM on Apr. 14, 2011

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