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The Sandra Bullock Trade (or what makes people happy)

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The Sandra Bullock Trade (or what makes people happy) [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2010, 14:28
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Two things happened to Sandra Bullock this month. First, she won an Academy Award for best actress. Then came the news reports claiming that her husband is an adulterous jerk. So the philosophic question of the day is: Would you take that as a deal? Would you exchange a tremendous professional triumph for a severe personal blow?
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Re: The Sandra Bullock Trade (or what makes people happy) [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2010, 08:51
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Two things happened to Sandra Bullock this month. First, she won an Academy Award for best actress. Then came the news reports claiming that her husband is an adulterous jerk. So the philosophic question of the day is: Would you take that as a deal? Would you exchange a tremendous professional triumph for a severe personal blow?


No. However, in my case, I have already been through several personal blows and an Oscar or a tremendous professional triumph could make me feel better. But, if I could have everything perfect and have the option presented, I would say no. A professional triumph may add to my life (something I didn't have nor knew what felt like having) but a personal blow would take away something I already have, something I already knows feels and is great, and giving that up would not be worth it.
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Re: The Sandra Bullock Trade (or what makes people happy) [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2010, 14:11
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I don't think that I would enter into that exchange. Besides, this deal implies that I can turn down the offer and still have a chance to earn professional accolades on my own!
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Re: The Sandra Bullock Trade (or what makes people happy) [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2010, 19:49
I wouldn't take that trade in a million years.

I think that having a successful relationship with another human being is one of those things that people will think about when they're on their death bed.
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Re: The Sandra Bullock Trade (or what makes people happy) [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2010, 20:43
YourDreamTheater wrote:
I wouldn't take that trade in a million years.

I think that having a successful relationship with another human being is one of those things that people will think about when they're on their death bed.


I totally agree with the statement above. I think, a personal relationship will help you overcome an obstacle in your professional career, but the same is not true the other way around. However that said, I think I can always deal with a professional/academic obstacle much more objectively and get over it much easier than a personal relationship break down. Emotions have never been my strong point.
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