Good point....I certainly respect your view.
I suppose my view, as is everyone`s, is formed from the experinces I have had. I suppose it is a sign of my age.
When I was one of the fair-haired start-up superstars of the silicon valley, I didn`t actually need to grab money...there was plenty of it flowing everywhere...but it was a very much "money first" approach to my search for success.
The unfortunate truth is that, even with millions of dollars in the bank and millions more coming, I did not experience that part of my life as a success.
I know, I know....It is hard to accept that...and it may sound easy for me to say once the mulla is in the bank...but at the risk of some personal embarassment later, I am being totally transparant here, it was a case of literally crying all the way to the bank.
Imagine a grown man, sitting in commute traffic, literally sobbing he was so miserable with his entrepreneurial career choice.....It is hard to believe a person could feel that stuck...but since breaking free of that life, I can tell you many many people do. I may say, most. Maybe not to the point of tears, but how about obesity, depression, abuse, alcoholism, drug addition etc. These are symptoms of deep seated unhappiness and disatisfaction with life....often subconscious.
I am only sharing this because I have never met a person who can honestly say in the end, aftr it all that the money brought success before the passion.
You see, it is not just that passion is missing...it is what the passion is connected to that matters....Purpose.
I have published several articles on my blog (see below) about this and it occupies a prominant place in my forth coming book.
There is a vitally important distinction that exists between accomplishment and results.
It is important for the very reason you point out.
Most people DO live there lives as if all they really want is to make some good money and not have to grind it out. But that is not actually true. It is just what they believe.
At the distant end, they see things VERY differently.
These same people, although they may have lived comfortably enough and perhaps had even escaped the grind....if they did not get connected to purpose, and live life passion first, they end up wondering what they accomplished with their lives.....
In these cases, the perplexing truth is that they may have accumulated lots of results (mnney, houses, cars, chicks or studs) and never actually accomplished anything that truly matters (to themselves not to others)
That is the very reason I am here doing what I am doing. I want that no-one suffer this tragicly disappointing epiphany.
Purpose is far more than the starting-point, it is the centerline
that guides you to greatness and significance over time
~Ralph W Schrader~
Chairman & CEO, Booze Allen & Hamilton
Thank you for allowing me the liberty to ramble. I hope I did not preach. =0))