The cover story in Time magazine headlines: The Richer Sex: Women, Money, and Power. It reports on studies showing that almost 40% of working wives make more money than their husbands and goes on to say, “Assuming present trends continue, by the next generation, more families will be supported by women than by men.”
This raises some interesting questions: Will present trends continue, or will things shift back again towards men carrying more of the load to support the family? If present trends do continue will it be good for men, women, and children? Could the new male vocation be learning how to love more rather than learning to make more money?
I think there’s a wonderful opportunity here. I’d offer it in the form of an equation (thanks to author Chip Conley for the idea of turning big ideas into short equations):
________ = Happiness
Love divided by money equals happiness. I know for most of my adult life, I thought I created happiness for myself and my family by working harder and harder to make more and more money. I put a lot more effort into making money than learning the skills to love myself, love my wife, and love my children. I knew I loved them, but I thought I expressed it best by making money.
My equation of effort might have looked like this 1/10 = 0.1. I put in 1 unit of learning to love for every 10 units on making money. Now, with so many men finding it difficult to make money, perhaps we can reverse this equation. 10/1 = 10, where we can put ten units into learning to love for every unit on making money.
What do you think?
Photo Credit: Time Magazine Cover March 26, 2012