I was chatting with a recent MBA graduate this past week about the options available after school. This individual has a ton of offers and is a very qualified startup person. The longer we talked the more I thought about how many people are not working on things that matter.
There is a quote going around that goes something like this: ‘It’s sad that the brightest minds of our generation are trying to figure out how to get you to click on more ads” (source).
When I was chatting with Dwolla about coming on board, one thing that really stuck out was when Jordan Lampe, the awesome head of communications at the big D, said something along the lines of that if Dwolla is successful it will change the economy as we know it. Wow. That idea stuck with me and really motivates me every day to work my hardest. I want to see this idea to fruition. This stuff really matters.
Companies like Skillshare (education), SpaceX (space travel), Twitter (real-time communication/news) really matter. Companies that don’t have huge visions and aren’t shooting for the sky really are not worth joining.
Bottom line: If you are joining or working for a company, ask yourself if the company reached it’s full-potential, would it fundamentally change the world? If so, keep at it. If not, find something else you are passionate about that actually matters.