The Silicon Valley When Making Money Becomes The Root Of Anxiety

The Silicon Valley When Making Money Becomes The Root Of Anxiety

The Silicon Valley: When Making Money Becomes the​ root of​ anxiety
It is​ wrong to​ assume that men of​ immense wealth are always happy .​
- John D .​
Everybody who hears the​ phrase Silicon Valley immediately thinks of​ two things: technology and money .​
Located in​ the​ southern part of​ California,​ Silicon Valley became known for the​ number of​ silicon chip manufacturers and other technology-based businesses that have sprung up in​ that area .​
It is​ also known as​ the​ place where millionaires are born overnight.
Today,​ a​ lot of​ techies have made a​ name for themselves,​ and not to​ mention a​ sizeable amount of​ fortune,​ by taking part in​ the​ techno-race .​
For these new explorers of​ science and technology,​ using new software and micro-engineered products have become the​ tools of​ the​ trade,​ as​ well the​ means to​ financial success .​
In fact,​ it​ is​ not uncommon to​ see a​ twenty-something computer whiz kid driving a​ BMW and living in​ a​ flat worth millions of​ dollars .​

However,​ even in​ the​ midst of​ all the​ financial success and reputation they have earned,​ this new breed of​ digital elite are still plagued by self-doubt,​ stress,​ and anxiety .​
Their stirring ambition,​ hunger for fame,​ and craving for technological glory have placed them in​ a​ virtual pressure cooker where each day is​ about outdoing everybody at​ work .​
They were surprised to​ find themselves having stress and anxiety even if​ they already had a​ fat paycheck,​ stocks in​ their company,​ and all the​ nice things that money can buy .​
These new millionaires could not stop themselves from getting sucked in​ the​ game of​ keeping up with the​ Jones.'
As workaholics,​ they spend most of​ the​ day and night inside their little cubicles .​
In their own little space,​ they toil to​ design new software and tools to​ spark a​ new revolution in​ science and technology,​ while ensuring that the​ company rakes in​ more money .​
Along that dream of​ sparking a​ new revolution is​ the​ thought of​ adding a​ few more millions in​ the​ bank account...and maybe finally getting that yacht club membership .​
In the​ end,​ it​ has become all about the​ money.
All the​ trappings of​ digital success like sending their children to​ private schools,​ buying a​ fleet of​ luxury cars,​ having the​ most exclusive club memberships,​ and that almost regular shopping sprees in​ Beverly Hills and Europe --- all these have taken center stage and placed the​ old-fashioned sense of​ enjoying one's work at​ dead last .​
All the​ luxuries,​ stocks,​ and cash they have acquired failed to​ prevent them from having stress and anxiety,​ and that has made them just like everybody else .​
Along with the​ piles of​ cash comes the​ social demands of​ being involved in​ philantrophy or​ charity work .​
Once again,​ stress and anxiety hit the​ millionaire techies who have to​ perform in​ front of​ their millionaire friends by showing nonchalance and reckless abandon in​ giving away their money to​ various charitable institutions or​ to​ the​ latest causes advocated by their superstar friends in​ Hollywood .​
But not all good things last forever .​
Many overnight millionaires lost almost everything they had overnight during when the​ so-called bubble burst in​ April 2000 following the​ collapse of​ the​ NASDAQ market .​
Many companies began their meteoric financial success in​ the​ middle 90s,​ with many of​ them cornering the​ patents of​ some of​ the​ world's most sought-after technologies .​
Losing their money in​ stocks,​ many of​ these companies simply folded up almost as​ fast as​ they got their corporate and financial success .​
Stress and anxiety became their only companion after most of​ their rich friends left them or​ pretended having never known them at​ all.
At a​ very personal level,​ these millionaire techies seemed to​ have it​ all while losing everything at​ the​ same time .​
Their hard work had earned them that corner office .​
After working more than 10 hours a​ day,​ they were able to​ get the​ recognition and financial rewards that they earnestly sought .​
To keep up with the​ demands at​ work,​ they even brought their laptop and PDAs during family vacations just to​ keep track of​ work .​
For these success junkies,​ enough will never be enough .​
Even after mustering enormous wealth,​ these techie-turned-millionaire types still could not buy happiness .​
After all the​ stress and anxiety,​ many of​ them started to​ ask themselves,​ What now? the​ certainty that came with their riches was lost .​
Most of​ them went back to​ the​ very same lives they led before they became millionaires .​
With only stress and anxiety in​ their pockets,​ they again had to​ scrape away at​ the​ corporate wall to​ make their mark --- and hopefully,​ regain a​ little of​ what they used to​ have before the​ burst.

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