Most corporate executives are like racehorses whose entire existence has been devoted to “running and winning races in an arena”. An alternative possibility is to proactively shape a life around activities that allow full expression of self in work and other arenas.
After a successful career at Microsoft, Bill Gates chose to devote most of his life and wealth to the Gates Foundation. His transition out of Microsoft was gradual – ceding the CEO role in 2000, then the Chief Software Architect role, and continues to serve as its Chairman.
“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”
“Most people never go far enough on their first wind to find out they have a second. Give your dreams all you have got and you will be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.”
Uneconomics of a Global Career
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF
- How can I bring more of myself to work?
- What consistently gives me positive energy?
- What intelligences are under-developed in me – rational, emotional, physical, spiritual?