Originally Posted by 33idolfinder
I meant most can't make 1.000.000 from their work. And I was thinking outside US, like EU, with 27% unemployment in the south and basic salary around $ 10.000. But even in US, with 50.000.000 poor people and 35-40 average working years, we are talking about a lifetime. So, even in the US, for most (that is more than 50%) it's a lifetime. It's a lot of money!!
You can't forget about it. You are hungry, tired, suffering, alone with strangers. Why? For the money!
Unless you are rich, or know that you can't get it.
I guess we can agree to disagree on this one. Why would you be thinking outside the US, specifically the EU? How many Survivor contestants come from there? I think you are shooting yourself in the foot with your faulty math assumptions. Heck, even a person who makes the current minimum wage of $7.25/hour and works 40 hours per week (yes, I know most minimum wage earners may not work 40 hours per week) would earn $15,080 per year, or 66 years to earn that million.
However, the AVERAGE high school graduate earns a bit over $30,000/year so that would be "just" 33 years to earn that minimum. Going up one more step, the AVERAGE starting salary for current college graduates with "only" a bachelor's degree is $45,327. Even assuming no raises, that person would make a $1,000,000 in just over 22 years.
So, yes, over the course of a working career, I think most people have a good shot of earning $1,000,000. Getting it all at once like the winner of Survivor would be the icing on the cake.