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The $300K Question
The issue really is more complicated than just money. A man desperate for some advice posted a question on a discussion board asking what others thought.
The problem was essentially this. He had been working for a job that went belly up and lost $100,00. At 38, he had very little to show for his years hard at work, and he was finding it difficult to get by on an income of $60,000 in Seattle with a stay-at-home wife and three growing kids. He's been offered a job in Iraq for one year with a salary of $290,000. Should he take it?
There's much to consider here. First of all, with a little frugality, the family could probably live quite comfortably on an income of $60,000. Most people live on less. The next issue is safety. Is the money worth putting your life at risk when you have a family depending on you? Even for a year? Then there's the issue of what that much distance and time will do to his and his wife's relationship.
Yes, the money is good and he's providing a service to his country, but is all of that worth missing time with his family and potentially damaging his familial relationships? We think there's more to life than having more money, but it's a tough situation. Share your thoughts in the comments!