Would you give up your goals for $1 million?

by Kristina on September 30, 2013 · 10 comments

Good morning Dinks. What is it that you want out of life? Maybe you want to be successful, maybe you want to be rich, maybe you want to be famous or maybe you want to be happy.  If you want to be or have something in life that you don’t have right now my question is – what’s stopping you from achieving it.

If we gave you $1 million to give up your dream would you do it?

Just think about that for a minute.  Every day we wake up and go to work (or stay at home and work if you are self employed) to earn money and work towards our personal goals. But what if you no longer had that dream?  Would you still work?

If someone gave you $1 million in cash today to completely forget your old life, your job and your dreams, would you do it?  For some of us the start over may be coming at the perfect time. But for some others maybe you have been working towards your goals for so long that you wouldn’t even know what to do every day if you weren’t working towards them.

Maybe you would keep working because $1 million isn’t enough for you, and if it’s not then how much would it take for you to give up your dreams and create new ones?

What I would do with my $1 million

If someone handed me a million dollars to give up my dream of moving to NYC and my dream of becoming an author, I would probably do it and use the money to create new dreams.  Maybe I would move to Europe to a country where I no longer have to endure the harsh snowy winters of the cold Northeast.  I would start a foundation to help children learn about money management, learn how to work to earn money, how to save for college, what to expect when living on your own in college and learn how to use credit cards responsibility.

Maybe I would be an educational board game, like the Game of Life minus the marriage and kids factor.  Maybe it would be a semester long course in school, or maybe it would just be an assembly where we talk to kids and answer their money questions.

One of the main problems with youth today is that everyone wants to preach to them, but no one listens to them.  If I could create a forum where I could talk with kids about money and answer their questions, instead of just preaching to them while they are looking at the clock waiting to be dismissed, I think the world would be a better place. But this is a backup plan, it’s just something that I am thinking about, it’s not my dream.

But for now I’m keeping my dream

I like having my goal of moving to NYC because it gives me something to look forward to.  I am not 100 % sure that I would be willing to accept a large sum of money to know that it will never ever happen in my lifetime.  That’s kind of sad, isn’t it?

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1 Michelle September 30, 2013 at 11:36 am

I think it depends. My dream would be to travel the world. So if I had $1,000,000, would that mean that I couldn’t travel?

2 Brandy September 30, 2013 at 12:18 pm

My dream is to retire early and take off on a sailboat. If I were given a million dollars and had to give up that dream, I don’t think I could do it. Maybe I am misunderstanding, but there is no way I would take a million dollars and then have to give up retiring early. If I could still retire early but had to give up sailing the world, I might do that as long as I could take mini-sailing trips.

3 Jake @ Ca$h Funny September 30, 2013 at 3:42 pm

There is no way that I’d take the $1M to give up my dreams. My dreams are much bigger and more satisfying than one million dollars. Plus, life isn’t nearly as enjoyable if you don’t have dreams keeping you motivated.

4 James September 30, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Good stuff. My personal goal is for 4 million cash, so giving it up cor one million doesnt make sense.


5 MJ @ The Flying Couponer October 1, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Awww I don’t know! I think I would say yes and I would find a new dream.

6 Jen @ Frugal Rules October 3, 2013 at 3:34 am

Reading this got me thinking how much can I achieve with a million dollars and if it is enough to give up my dreams. To begin with, there is the tendency for humans to have no satisfaction after being able to achieve goal #1, a need to strive for more would arise. A million dollar may convince me to give up my dreams but chances are, I’d be finding ways to make it grow – a new goal to attain. That is if I am at a point in life where I still can.

7 dojo October 3, 2013 at 5:37 am

My dream has nothing to do with a business/job. I am not my job/business, I want more from life than these two. I currently run my business and am very happy with my arrangement, but my goal is for it to put food on the table, so that we can live OUR LIVES, not to become famous or whatever else would make the business a priority.

So, if you’d be so kind to give us a mil, it would probably get saved somewhere and re-invested, so that we can both work less and still be able to live well.

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