It’s an interesting question. Would you buy penthouse in Manhattan? Would you buy a private jet? Go on exotic vacations? Buy fancy clothes?

It’s a fantasy I’m sure most of us have considered, even if just for a passing moment. Some even take it one step farther and play the lottery, hoping against stacked odds that they will be among the few to get money for nothing.

Here’s another question: if you did win the lottery, or gamble your way to wealth – and you got to buy everything you wanted: would you be happy?

In my experience, a component of enjoying a nice experience (e.g. going to a baseball game, a Broadway show, or going out to dinner) is knowing the work you did to get there. If nice experiences did not feel “earned” – somehow it would cheapen them, and they would not feel quite as sweet.

I’ve heard the adage: “Work to live – don’t live to work,” but I would argue that this saying is misguided.

It’s the work that makes life enjoyable.

What Would You Do if You Had Unlimited Money?