I just read an interesting article by Ben Casnocha about his experience working with Reid Hoffman:10,000 Hours with Reid Hoffman: What I Learned . Ben is co-author of the two books published by Hoffman chairman of LinkedIn : The Startup of You and The Alliance.
The centre point in the early part of this articles bothers on the question most of us struggle with everyday in the choice of how to live our lives. Should we focus on selfless living to save the world or focus on ourselves and selfishly aim to improve and grow ourselves without caring what happens in the world around us.?
Ben states that the ideal scenario is to do both. On the surface, this would appear very easy but it’s more difficult than we admit. We deal with these kind of conundrum everyday : should you take a job that helps you grow professional and contribute meaningfully to the world or a job that pays you a lot of money? Should you persist with an idea that’s not working or cut your loses and move on to something else? And several other dilemma we face everyday as we strive to live meaningful lives.
I dont have an answer on how you should deal with this, I believe just thinking about these choices in themselves bring us into the present and help us understand how we can shape our daily choices to meet our long term objectives.make
In the words of E.B. White, “I wake up in the morning unsure of whether I want to savor the world or save the world,” “This makes it hard to plan the day.”