Everybody needs something in their lives that drives them whether it be their work, family, a hobbie, etc. People need to see progress taking place in their lives and like to see a gradual building towards some self fuilfilling goal. For many people this can we lived through their work. My dad is a great example of someone trying to live through their work. He believes that working hard is the key to life. You get what you put into your life. He works two jobs. He is a civil engineer by day, and a hard working warehouse-man at our local fleet farm. All in all he works somewhere around 60-70 hours in a week. My family doesn't even neccessarilly need the money from his second job, he just does it because he finds that it is more rewarding for him to be at work and accomplish things in the work place, rather than be at home spending time with his family. I will always respect his impecible work ethic when it comes to his jobs, however, leaving a family behind for it can sometimes create more harm than good. Work can be a great driving force in anyone's life, but through my experience I have found that it should not replace a family and loved ones.