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Reposted from Elite Daily: Why Do We Work? by Paul Hudson

I grew up in a household with two parents who both worked full time — if full time means 60 hours/week. Work — such a fascinating concept. A concept that has not been questioned or reconsidered since the invention of currency. We work because that is what we are told to do. We are taught to learn in order to work.

We pay ridiculous amounts of money to universities in order to have them stamp us with a seal of approval: “ready to join the workforce.” In every country, in every culture, in every society in the world, people are working. But are they working for the right reasons? Do they even have a reason, or are they just being complacent? The truth is that we do not need to work. We don’t. What we do need is to survive — and in order to do that, and because we live in the world that we live in, we need to be capable of paying the cost of living. (more…)

visionary leaders

Some say there is something other-worldly about great visionaries. They just don’t seem normal when compared to the rest of mankind.

Peter Drucker, the man who according to a Bloomberg Businessweek article in 2005, “Invented Management”, passed away that year. He was 95, but enjoyed an extraordinary life whose influence is still alive and well in every major corporation today.

One of his liberally quoted passages from a best-selling management book on leadership struck me as particularly appropriate to any industry:

“The single-minded ones, the monomaniacs, are the only true achievers. The rest, the ones like me, may have more fun; but they fritter themselves away . . . Whenever anything is being accomplished, it is being done, I have learned, by a monomaniac with a mission.” ~ Peter Drucker, Adventures of a Bystander

The term monomania connotes bad visuals for most of us. But the word simply defines someone, usually a visionary, who is single-minded and near impossible to divert from their self-directed trajectory through life. They get things done – big things the rest of us still dream about. They aren’t always easy to get along with though. Probably because they only have one gear: Drive! (more…)