You are rocking the hamster wheel. You can spin out an app over morning coffee, forecast US Debt to GDP ratio in 2020 and put on a few currency trades before noon. Have some solid couch time with your team, handhold clients all afternoon and get in a 5-7 mile run before it gets dark.
And yet, as awesome as you are - sometimes you have a quiet moment - like say when you are sitting on the tarmac in LA at 11pm for 3 hours because AirForce One took over the runway at SFO - when you think to yourself - what is this all about?
And then you go on a super-random date with an aspiring documentary filmmaker (which is OKCupid code for ‘I like to wear interesting hats and am still figuring out how to use FinalCut’) who subtly tells you that you seem like someone who sold out to ‘the corporations’ by saying ‘you know who you remind me of?’ … ‘Demi Moore?’ … ‘No, that’s not it’ … ‘Jennifer Connelly’… ‘No, no - I was going to say you remind me of someone who sold out to the corporations’
Wow. A) did that just happen and B) You are picturing this guy making films and thinking maybe there is a course on the use of metaphor and juxtaposition for ironic impact that would benefit him. But there is something in his matter-of-fact observation that strikes like a lightening bolt just above the heel of your Bruno Magli’s.
Then, as you are picking up your bag to go, he tells you something that changes your life. There is this guy, Daniel Pink. He has a book and some TED talks and other stuff on YouTube. Check him out.
It might just change how you see that hamster wheel.