Sunday, June 19, 2011

Pick your Archtype (CEO, Professor/CTO, Humanitarian)

I've tried to reply to Dan Miller's recent post in less than a paragraph, but it just doesn't work. So, here is the longer version.

I think it also depends on how you define success and how you measure the rewards. For instance, playing monopoly or a video game has very low risk, but it has reward. Can you make a living doing it? No. So, you have to do something else. Could you get good at it and have a part-time job mentoring other people in it? Sure.

I highly recommend Dan Pink's book "Drive" (or watch this awesome youtube video) which basically breaks down into three things people want: autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

It is very clear in your article that you are preferring autonomy and being your own trouble maker. Being a full-time entrepreneur is all about autonomy. What about mastery? Well, look to academics. It's not exactly rewarding in a capitalistic sense, but it is very clear how people driven by mastery end up there. What about purpose, this would be the domain of the non-profits.

So, it boils down to this: What is your arch-type?

When you answer this question, your path unfolds. Actually, answering this question is similar to what is your life's goal is probably key to your own sense of happiness.

γνῶθι σεαυτόν (Know thyself)

This is probably the most fundamental and important thing you can do in life. Stop pretending based on what others want or need out of you. Don't listen to others; they are wrong. Be yourself and understand yourself. Understand your strengths and your weaknesses. Maximize your strengths, compensate for your weaknesses. Find humility in your weaknesses. Find confidence in your strengths.

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