The 20-10 Test
Jim Collins encourages people to look at their lives and answer two simple questions:
1) If you inherited $20 right now, would you spend your days the same way you spend them now?
2) If you knew that you only had 10 years left to live, would you stick with your current job or career?
Let me start of by saying one of those questions I can answer in a heartbeat, while the other takes some thinking. Twenty million dollars is a lot of money--enough that I could just 'chill out' for the remainder of my days. If I did somehow inherit $20 (and hopefully I do sometime), I would continue going to school. Even with a bunch of money, I'd want to be educated. I probably wouldn't have a full time job (I only have a part-time now), so that wouldn't change. Mostly, I would just live the life I've wanted to live--nice family, nice family, nice car, numerous friends, and a job I enjoy. So all-in-all, I'd live my days mostly the same as I live them now--except for the fact that I wouldn't really have to worry about having enough money to pay for this and that.
Ten years seems like a long time (I haven't even lived two 10 year periods), but if that's all thats left, it would fly by. And this question is the one that was very easy--no, I would not stick with my current job. I work at Papa Murphy's, and while my boss and fellow employees are nice, cool, and understanding, making thousands of pizzas and having to deal with crazy customers is not something I'd say I enjoy. If I had 10 years left, I'd do everything I could so that I could fly, which has always been a dream of mine.