I somehow stumbled across the blog of Paul Buchheit who was pontificating on what to do with millions of dollars.
I had no idea who Paul was and guessed he was just some normal dude who thought about what he would do with millions of dollars. Turns out, he’s the guy who created Gmail, developed the prototype for Google AdSense (which is the vehicle that makes Google worth the billions they are worth), and came up with Google’s motto: “Don’t be evil,” back in 2001. He also was a founder of FriendFeed, which was acquired by Facebook. (this is all according to Wikipedia).
I figure he’s had millions of dollars so his advice is from that perspective, not from someone who wishes he had millions to spend.
Anyway, this blog isn’t about what to do with millions of dollars… you can read what Paul Buchheit says at his post titled “What to do with your millions.” It’s a fun read. What I wanted to quote was a part about jobs:
“Many people with jobs have a fantasy about all the amazing things they would do if they didn’t need to work. In reality, if they had the drive and commitment to do actually do those things, they wouldn’t let a job get in the way.”
I know we need to have income, and many people let their jobs give them life-purpose, but sit back and think about this today… is your job (or even your job search) getting in the way of all the amazing things you really want to do?
I know money plays a role in this. Perhaps, though, the lack of enough money is our biggest non-legit excuse for not really pursuing our passions…
What do you think?
(the original thread was here, on Hacker News … in case you wanted to know what to do with millions of dollars from geeks :p)