I am staying at my friend’s place while in Los Angeles and her boyfriend works as a car broker, a good job but not his real passion. He is from a small town in Illinois, went to school at Beloit (not to be confused with Deloitte) and is a really great guy. I talked to him a lot about why he does it and his real passion, it is to be a professional golfer. He is only a 6 handicap but because of money can’t spend more time improving. I am always wondering about people and there jobs:
I know these topics are better for Steve Pavlina who has amazing material. I just wanted to pose the question for everyone else. Would you want to be doing work that just pays the bills and gives you the time to go out at night or 2 weeks a year to go on vacation? Do you want to have a job where you are leaving the world a better place than when you were born? I quit the Cubicle Life at Intel to find a job I enjoyed at a startup (Facebook). Of course, I was eventually fired from Facebook. There is a tough balance on these questions depending on how much money you have in the bank and finding your true passion in life.
I am uncertain of mine but right now I don’t want to sacrifice doing things for money over doing things that I feel contribute back to society and I can feel good about. I think Steve Jobs said it best a few years ago:
“If you were to die right now how you would feel about what you accomplished on Earth?”
I thought this was a great quote along with another one I can’t remember where I was reading it. A guy was lying in his death bed and said:
“Man, what a great life I lived. I was the top salesman of lawn mowers for 3 years and got a gold badge for staying with the company for 30 years.”
I think there was more to the quote than that but the overall point really got me thinking about what I am doing here and how I feel the need to make it meaningful. I’m convinced that richness is a state of mind, not the state of your bank account.
What do you think?