Nobody needs a million dollars – Day 30/139

Why do people want money?

Peter and Lawrence from the 1999 film Office Space have the answer:

Lawrence: Well, what about you now? what would you do? (if you had a million dollars)

Peter: Nothing.

Lawrence: Nothing, huh?

Peter: I would relax… I would sit on my ass all day… I would do nothing.

Lawrence: Well, you don’t need a million dollars to do nothing, man. Take a look at my cousin: he’s broke, don’t do shit.

Johnny B. Truant uses the same example in one of his blog entries. It’s a great post that points out the fact that money is not what people want. People don’t want the money itself and the things money can buy don’t really make anyone happy. At least if people are being honest and true to themselves.

People have asked me why I want to make the million dollars

I have saved and gathered money my whole life. Never to this date has money meant this little to me. I consider the phone calls I had today with my teammates more valuable and rewarding than any sum of money.

By making a million I want people to see what truly is important in life. I want to show that giving more emphasis to people and their emotions you can achieve true happiness. And that happiness is greatly undervalued.


6 responses to “Nobody needs a million dollars – Day 30/139

  1. Money gets you more and better sex partners. If you are happy with your current number and quality of sex partners you don’t need more money.

    This may or may not affect one’s happiness.

    • Thank you jeremias for your outspoken answer.

      I left out the part of the quote where Lawrence answers the same question. Coincidentally, that part is about sex.

      You can easily buy a quantity of anything with money. I don’t agree you can buy quality. Sex is no exception. I’m sure most people agree that free sex is the best sex available.

  2. Surely you did not think I was referring to buying sex.

    • No, I was referring to sex where the money of any participant was a sex-related parameter in any way. It doesn’t have to mean money was used in the transaction itself.

      Meaning “free” sex is sex without connection to money.

  3. It has been just awesome to start making this project a reality. Making $1M is one of our goals, but that goal doesn’t really reflect to our daily activities. I’m not designing software that should earn $1M—I’m designing software that I want its users to love to use. Making this all happen is just awesome and if we accidentally end up making any money with it, it’s like an additional bonus but not the main motivator.

    • Thank you Kaasu. Your answer really captures the bottom line of this whole project.

      How many people with this mindset does it really need to make awesome things happen?

      Not that many.

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