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“I want my son/daughter to be a banker, a doctor, or lawyer.”

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Those are common hopes for parents whose career choices for their children are about presumed status and financial security.

Bravo for wanting your kids to achieve a comfortable future, but do not lose sight of the Law of Unintended Consequences — status and compensation produce many benefits but, satisfaction and happiness are not always included.

Bravo for wanting your kids to achieve a comfortable future, but do not lose sight of the Law of Unintended Consequences — status and compensation produce many benefits but, satisfaction and happiness are not always included.

John G. Self

I attended a lawyers networking dinner years ago.  Of the 12 in attendance, eight were unhappy.   Most felt trapped.

One, a young wunderkind who had just made partner, seemed to have it all: a seven-figure income, a penthouse apartment overlooking city center, a luxury sports car and glamorous nightlife – when he was not working. But, he, too, was unhappy.

“I only have to do this for 19 more years and then I can retire. 

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