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How much is your health worth to you?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by 75INZ, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. 75INZ

    75INZ Regular Member

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    So I had a pretty big client with a large contract not that long ago. The job was worth about $10,000 and would have taken me about a week to finish. However, I fell rather ill during that time. I suffer from a history of extreme migraines but hadn't had one in at least a year, up until the poor timing of me acquiring this contract that is.

    Just so you can get a sense of just how bad these migraines get, here are some of the things I experience when I get one:


    • Extreme dizziness
    • Vomiting
    • Extreme confusion
    • Extreme sensitivity to light to the point where once, I had my eye start bleeding when I looked outside
    • Immense crushing pain
    • Muscles all over my body seize up
    • Loss of vision
    • Loss of hearing

    It's pretty gruesome.

    So obviously I had to cancel the contract, there was no way in hell I could have been working on a computer, and these migraines tend to last days.

    I was talking to a couple of people I know about it just yesterday and they all said the same thing which baffled me. Essentially what they said was "For $10,000 I would have gone through all of that and sacrificed a limb!" I was completely taken aback by how much they were willing to sacrifice their health and for how little amounts of money it would take to do so. They said they'd do it for even less too! To me, my health is worth more than all the money in the world times infinity. I'd rather be a complete bum and healthy than rich and sick.

    So I'm curious to ask BHW, how much is your health worth to you? Would you be willing to put your health at risk or suffer pain for a certain amount of money? If so, how much would it take?
     
  2. Checkmate

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    Do you think they are bought on by stress? seems that way.

    I had a similar situation so I can say I would of done the same thing, you win some you lose some.
     
  3. 75INZ

    75INZ Regular Member

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    I wish they were, then I'd know what to do to avoid them. I've had a plethora of tests done to see if there's anything nasty like a tumor up there as a kid and a teen, but nothing was ever found and eventually it was just put down to bad luck and genetically inherited from my fathers side who suffer the same.
     
  4. cgimaster

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    How about a backup plan ? Since you know what was to be done you could hire some one and just manage it, you would make less profit however would keep the client (in case they had to do it with some one else), also you would get to know freelancers or people you could always pickup to help you or when youre not felling well.
     
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  5. silentthunder

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    I think those people that said they would have done anything haven't walked in your shoes. Neither have I
    but half of those symptoms can put the most determined person out of order.

    Entrepreneurs that work entirely
    by themselves take on a high degree of stress and responsibility. Even "slave drivers" at work give vacation days and sick days. Sometimes they give you a guaranteed number of hours of work and not so much required time above that that it kills you. A solo entrepreneur gives all of that up.

    If there's work to be done and you work for yourself its best to have lots of help and sources. It's healthy too and multiplies your opportunities for wealth.
     
  6. 75INZ

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    Yeah, that's something I've been meaning to do. I know there are plenty of skilled and good people out there, but I just find it hard to let them do work under my name, if you know what I mean. It's a trust issue I guess, one I need to resolve soon.
     
  7. cgimaster

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    Well start giving out some small tasks that you can outsource you may lose a little but you will get to know some freelancers, etc. There is also a good side to it, as you can grow by being able to take more work or even hire local people to work under you.

    Also think about what would happen if u had to stop doing whatever you do for an entire month without being able to warn any of your clients. Having a second plan will help you keep things moving on just in case u need it.
     
  8. PoeMansDreams

    PoeMansDreams Registered Member

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    That's a very good question, if it was me, honestly. I would've continued to pursue my work over the migraine.
    I have quite a optimistic attitude, not saying you don't, but when I've suffered from chronic migraines during finals every year due to the stress and anxiety.
    Pulled through every step, so I guess from experience I wouldn't have gave up.
     
  9. Oukast

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    I'm pretty sure my lifestyle will make me kick the bucket before I hit even 40 anyways, so I would've taken that one. But I don't suffer from migraine or anything else, so it's kinda easy to say...
     
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    A woman I know had migraines for years. Her father is a doctor. Despite that, he/they could never find out why she had migraines. Coincidentally, her twin sister had partial paralysis on one side of her face.

    YEARS later, one doctor runs an MRI on her skull and discovers she has a cranial birth defect that puts pressure on the cerebral cortex, which causes all manner of problems, including migraines. Turns out, this explains her twin's years of ailments also.

    Get an MRI.
     
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    I know how you feel but I will tell you what to do and it will benefit you. Its a wonderful therapy with plain drinking water, and has a scientific background to the process. So no worries on that part.:)

    I myself am not well, and that alone is costing me a lot. I am unable to take active part in lots of things, cannot go out and meet people, cannot market my product, cannot enjoy even a short walk... so I know how great you'd feel to be back on tracks!

    Will send you a PM in a while. Don't go until I send it! :D
     
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    its worth exactly $46.51.
     
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    The purpose of us working hard is to get a better life. So sacrificing your health for tasks you know you are unable to do conflicts with our first motive. You did the right thing. Who knows, there may be better offers out there.
     
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    Have sent you that PM.:)
     
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    The other thing you could do is pass on the lead for a referal fee (or %age commission) to a trusted contact who do the same work as you. Of course you won't get the same money, but its better than nothing. And it could work both ways; they could pass on leads to you as well e.g. if they have too much on.

    Assuming of course you have built up a network of people you trust who work in your sector and are actively looking for new clients.
     
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  16. concrete

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    Next time outsource it.
    And yeah it seems like stress at least from what you said. a $10,000 contract is stressful, even if it is a nice chunk of change.
     
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    PM on its way, so i can have a spare health! :p
     
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  18. silentthunder

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    To cure migraine dip on harm in warm bowl of water and let sit. If it doesn't work try the other hand. Bowl must be kept warm not hot. Works everytime. Work on me as well.
     
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    Health is everything man, i wish i will be healthy all my life.
     
  20. PunjabiYaaar

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    You know what mate working in front of the computer for the whole day is not really good for our health. So, why don't you try working out in the gym or do some walking in your village with your dog. Also go to the spa and get a massage, I'm sure you'll love it! Don't forget also to have a healthy diet. :)