Ask DN: What would you do if money was no object?

over 6 years ago from Cat Noone, Co-Founder of Liberio

  • Matt SoriaMatt Soria, over 6 years ago

    Thanks! I haven't listened to that in a while, and I love it.

    I frequently ask myself this question, because even though I love the work I do, in the end I still only do it because I need to make money. I've thought about it, and I think if I didn't have to make any money there is no way I'd be spending my time on the computer designing and coding - it's fun for work, but I struggle with the idea that it doesn't make much of a difference in the world - woah - I might get nailed for saying that out loud on DN, but seriously - if I'm going to spend 40 hours a week putting forth effort and energy, in the grand scheme of things, I could be doing a million other things that have more of a direct impact on the world - volunteering, helping a community in some way, fighting for human rights, for animal rights, for laws to help protect the environment - anything!

    I got myself into a situation where I owe an unbelievable amount of money to the government and Chase bank for student loans, so I have no choice but to make money, and unfortunately, just to stay afloat, I have to make a considerable amount of money.

    So I wonder - am I alone in this feeling?

    I realize I could at least be building websites for people and companies that help these causes that I have deemed more important and worthy of my time - and that's the goal for now, it just hasn't happened yet.

    Anyway, to answer the question: I'd be working with children in education and empowerment in some capacity - anywhere - for sure.

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    • Ryan Hicks, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

      I concur.

      If money was no object I probably wouldn't be sitting around designing. I'd be out traveling, volunteering, helping others as much as I could, maybe designing for others in need that can't afford it, I'd be skydiving more often, hell I'd hitch a ride to the edge of space, I'd be visiting areas that have been on my list since I could understand what they were, and basically be full-filling my dreams and helping any others along the way to full-fill their dreams. I'd also free everyone else up from their financial burdens so we could all enjoy things together. Only in a perfect world; le sigh.

      No you're not alone. I came out with about 70-80k from college 4 years ago. I struggle to just stay afloat all the time. I pay each month on those loans as much as most people do for their house mortgage. I was lucky enough to knock a small loan out in 2013, and I'm on pace to do it to another one (or a couple more) for 2014.

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      • Matt SoriaMatt Soria, over 6 years ago

        Wow - yeah, same story here pretty much. I'm working to chip away at them more and more, but the interest rate is so insane, they seem to barely budge! haha. But thanks, and I'm glad to hear others feel the same way.

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