In Do What You Love, I shared arguments for doing what you love but did not examine what that was for me. I’ve been thinking a lot about traveling lately. People keep telling me about all the wonderful places I should visit and explore. I am in a position where I really could do that right now, but I haven’t largely because it doesn’t excite me so much. I just read an interview with Craig Barrett, the soon to be retiring CEO of Intel:
Q: What advice would you give to your successor?
A: I will tell my successor: “Make sure you have a passion for the technology and the business, and make sure you try to translate that passion to your employees and the company as a whole.”
People do a good job when they love what they do. They do a good job when they really enjoy and believe in what they do. So, I would make sure that my successor has those characteristics. I would also tell my successor that you make sure that you work hard and play hard. Balance your personal life with your professional life, but do both at 200 miles an hour.
He captured it! My passion is indeed technology and business. I’ve been spending time recently helping a company in my neighborhood firgure out its technology and business strategy not because they are paying me (we have no explicit arrrangement right now), but because I really love the area and want to help make their company work.
Conclusion: I don’t really want to travel. I want to build something. I will be getting back on track with my own projects soon.