“But the most daring and generous, those that are often overlooked and never hit a trillion dollars in the stock market, are left to do the important work. The work of helping others be seen, or building safe spaces. The work of creating opportunity or teaching and modelling new ways forward. The work of changing things for the better.
Changing things for the better is rarely applauded by Wall Street, but Wall Street might not be the point of your work. It might simply be to do work you’re proud of, to contribute, and to leave things a little better than you found them.”
I have observed that very few careers combine profitable, difficult, and important.
The best most get to is a combination of two of them.
And, it is on us to work toward the combination that fits how we will measure our lives.
I asked a friend how come Prof Clay Christensen has not won a Nobel Peace Prize for his amazing work on Disruptive Innovation and before he could even answer, I knew the answer is because Prof Clay doesn’t measure his life according to awards he wins, but according to the lives he has impacted and changed.