This is a decision that 99% of us will not be able to make. I'm sure the
MongoDB employees wish they could make such a decision but he's the only
one in a position to do so. It's a shame to me that we celebrate this
while being 'stuck' in our own situation. And let's be honest,
this guy is just going to stay in California and build something else, he's
not quitting to stay at home full time.
Actually, this is a decision that most working adults can make. Every time we
decide to go into debt, we enslave ourselves to our job and our steady income.
If we can live on less, buy smaller, etc., we will have the power to put our
priorities where they need to be. The immigrant population is one of the lowest
paid, and yet they tend to have the strongest nuclear families. Why? Because
they choose to forego the notion that they need their own house with a bedroom
for each child.If you want to have the power to make this decision,
rid yourself of debt, buy only what you need, let interest start working for
you, and the way will open up before your eyes. I know because I have done it.
Live on less than you make!
This story would be much more impressive if the author didn't seem so
determined to draw public attention to his decision. Yes, your choice is
admirable, but the nobility of possibly sacrificing tens of millions in the
future, when you most likely have earned or will earn millions already, is
somewhat questionable. Especially when the sacrifice better allows you to focus
on what should have been your number one priority (as demonstrated by time and
effort) to begin with.
"I'll bet you $10,000" the average guy doesn't have the same
options as a CEO making millions of dollars per yer. This guy made more last
year than many will make in a lifetime. While I applaud his life
prioritizations in some ways,one can't read this article without thinking
that this guy is a bit out of touch with most of those who will read it.
Otherwise, he would have made the same choice, and shared it only with his
family and close friends.