Question 4: Are you creating a career for your parents, for society, from your own excitement, or for money?

My response begins and ends by passing judgement. Which of these do I think is the best motivation to base a career path on?

  1. Excitement: Call me Polly Anna, I think the ideal situation is to spend the bulk of your waking hours doing something that excites you. If you’d like to read more than 100 words about what gets people excited about work, check out what Daniel Pink has to say about 21st Century Motivators: Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose.
  2. Money. I’ll just get real here. Money is a really good reason to go to work.
  3. “Your Parents” are in a dead heat for dead last on my list. Tied with “Society.” Doing specific tasks for a specific reason for others can be great. Basing your entire life of work around what other people think is CRAZY.

Gently setting down my mic. Cuz I plan to use it again later.


Note: I’ve started a practice for the rest of 2016. Each day I will respond to a (hopefully) thought-provoking question about the development of a purpose-driven career and life. And I’ll attempt to respond in just about exactly 100 words. Brevity, clarity and honesty are the goals.

Comments are welcome here or join my “Making My Dreams Jealous” Facebook group to participate in the daily discussion.

This post was inspired by 100 Essential Questions That Will Change Your Career Path (for the Better)

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