My wife recently got her drivers license (it’s a long story) so while she was doing that we spent a good amount of time hanging out at the DMV. It’s not the funnest, cleanest or most enjoyable place to be but…that’s the end of that sentence 🙂
While there, because there are usually way too many people crammed into far too little space, I overheard quite a few conversations. One in particular was pretty interesting to me and got me thinking, it went something like this:
Guy 1: Yo, what’s up man, it’s been a while!
Guy 2: hey ya, what are you doing here?
blah blah blah, then the interesting part
Guy 2: What have you been up to lately?
Guy 1: I’ve been selling alarm systems in Texas. It’s not fun but it’s good money.
I fully understood what the guy was talking about, the pay was high, but it did get me thinking about what I consider good or bad money.
So what constitutes good money? And even further, what would you consider bad money?
I think this question is very open to opinion because everyone has their own moral compass to follow. The guy doing hits for the mob may think he’s getting paid good money but most of us would (hopefully) agree that that money is pretty bad money. The guy that’s being overpaid and knows it may feel like he’s getting paid bad money and may feel guilty about it but again that’s all up to personal opinion.
Here is my personal opinion on the subject. I generally think that the way you feel personally about the way you obtain money denotes whether or not that money is bad or good. Let me stress that is a generalization. I don’t think mob hits are a good idea. I don’t think stealing is good money either, even if it’s stealing from a bad organization or from the hitman.
I once quit a job because I felt like the customers were being cheated. I was basically in charge of doing the selling and I didn’t believe the products and services were worth the amount being charged for them. I wasn’t even receiving all that money and was only paid an hourly wage but still felt bad about the fact that people were being overcharged based on my recommendations. That to me wasn’t good money, even though the pay was good.
What do you think? If the customer is happy, like many of these customers that I felt were overpaying, should I have felt bad about it? Where do you draw the line between good and bad money?
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