Chapter Seven. Get a Life: Integrate Your Career with Your Life Priorities

“Action expresses priorities.”

Gandhi

If you won four million dollars in a lottery today, would you still want to have a career? Think about it for a moment.

Drs. Richard Arvey, Itzhak Harpaz, and Hui Liao found that lottery winners (average winning almost $4 million) do not automatically quit working. They found that about 85% of them continue working in some form. The level of centrality and importance work plays in the lottery winners’ lives factored into their decision regarding whether to continue working. These researchers note that “although individuals may have continued to work, they also may have modified the type and conditions of their work experiences (e.g., ...

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