I love this post by Andre Torrez.
A rough recounting of what goals I wanted to achieve:
- Make money (duh)
- Like and respect the people I work with
- Really enjoy my day and feel like I got something done
- No pointless meetings
- Making something I’m proud of
Another thing: getting enormously wealthy selling your company for ten million or fifteen million dollars is obviously pretty freaking awesome, but having had a bit of money in the bank the past couple of years I have come to realize what I really wanted in life was a job I liked going to every day and people I like working with. Because if I did end up fabulously wealthy that’s pretty much what I’d end up doing, so why not just do it now?. (emphasis mine)
Read the whole thing of course and it also fits in very well with this I’ve seen passed around recently.
It seems it’s a John Maeda quote but can’t find it anywhere on his blog or old site.