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Re^2: Money vs. Perl

by BUU (Prior)
on Mar 17, 2005 at 16:11 UTC ( #440414=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Money vs. Perl
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What on earth makes you think that this is anyway unique to "techincal people"? To be slightly pithy: Money motivates most, but happiness motivates all. By which I mean: Everybody wants a job they enjoy doing. Everyone. Now this may or may not be possible depending on where the person's skills lie, but that in no way diminishes their wanting happiness. And of course, a large part of happiness in a typical job is making enough to feed, clothe, shelter yourself and so on, and obviously this desire for food and clothing is no way unique to anyone. So really, saying "techincal people are less motivated by money" is a silly, arrogant saying. Now you probably didn't mean it that way, but I wanted to point it out that your statement some how implies that "techincal people" (whatever that is) are some how better, because they're less interested in money. Which isn't true.

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Re^3: Money vs. Perl
by cbrandtbuffalo (Deacon) on Mar 17, 2005 at 16:38 UTC
    I didn't mean to suggest this phenomena was unique to tech people--that's just the limit of my experience. I don't have enough data, anecdotal or otherwise, to comment on other fields of employment. So limiting my statement to technical people is purely a function of my limited knowledge of the workforce. I'm sure you're correct that people in many other fields feel the same way.

    Graham also limits himself to tech people because that's who he's talking about in his essay. I should also clarify that I don't consider myself one of the "super-hackers" he refers to--although I wish I was one. :)

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