A while back, a group that I don't belong to posted the question "What have you learned to give up on?" or something to that effect. I just had a telephone interview for a job the would pay $38,000/year. I knew right then that I would go to further in the hiring process. The most I have ever made was $28,000/year. 20 years ago. I have been either unemployed or underemployed ever since. So my answer to that question has to be: making enough to have a comfortable life. The fact is: nobody wants me. Nobody ever has, nobody ever will.