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The creator of Gmail weighs in on whether getting rich is worth it

Published by Business Insider on Tue, 14 Jul 2015


This answer originally appeared on Quora as an answer to the question: Is getting rich worth it'Paul Buchheit is a computer programmer and entrepreneur, and the creator of Gmail.I certainly don't regret it.Wealth removes constraints. Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing depends on the extent to which you needed those constraints. If you have a serious alcohol or other drug addiction, wealth could be fatal for you. In general, it makes people more of whatever they already were. If you're an a--hole, getting more money will probably make you more of an a--hole. However, if you have purpose and meaning in your life that goes beyond chasing the golden carrot, money can give you the freedom to focus on the things that truly matter to you.One of the biggest dangers of wealth is that it often causes people to cut themselves off from the larger society, either out of fear or the belief that they are somehow better than others. We are all one.SEE ALSO:17 insights about getting rich, from a 78-year-old book on wealth that's still relevant todayJoin the conversation about this storyNOW WATCH: 6 scientifically proven features men find attractive in women
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