Passion, talents, location, timing, status – all of these things dictate our decisions about how we work and how we make our livings. Why do we never seem to consider the downstream effects of our labor surplus?
Whether we work for ourselves or work for someone else, our labor is going to generate wealth for other people. We get to exercise some control over *who* that is.
Do we want to enrich the dishonest? The corrupt and powerful? The crooked lawyers and salesmen and other smooth talkers of the world? The incompetent? It is hard to muster any energy when thinking of working for lousy men.
Or do we want to enrich men of vision? Imagine working for Elon Mush – wouldn’t you not mind at all seeing him get more money (presumably for Mars) from your labor? Or imagine working for a family member you love in a family business. It doesn’t get much better than that.
It is our privilege to bring some people large amounts of wealth through our work over the course of a life. We ought to consider who those people should be.