Several other notable tech bloggers (all of whom actually live among this action, unlike me) have commented on the NYTimes story, “In Silicon Valley, Millionaries Who Don’t Feel Rich“.

Some notable quotes from the story:

  • “But a few million doesn’t go as far as it used to…” – Hal Steger, with a net worth (together with his wife) of $3.5M
  • … those with a few million dollars often see their accumulated wealth as puny …
  • [Gary Kremen, founder of match.com whose estimated wealth is $10M] … logs 60- to 80-hour workweeks because, he said, he does not think he has nearly enough money to ease up. “You’re nobody here at $10 million,” Mr. Kremen said earnestly …
  • Marilyn Holland, a Menlo Park psychologist … said she regularly works with multimillionaires who wonder why they are so well compensated when others, like teachers, who contribute so much to the world, are not.
  • Mr. Hettig, the estate planning lawyer, sums it up for many: “We’re in such a rarefied environment,” he said, “people here lose perspective on what the rest of the world looks like.”

There’s always somebody above you to climb towards, or somebody below you to make you grateful for how much you have. It’s all a matter of perspective combined with values, isn’t it: what really matters?