Life’s Work


The company intranet has profiles of the Six Sigma team members, including their responses to the following fill-in-the-blank question:

If I weren’t in banking, I’d be . . .

Here are the answers:

Hobo by railroad tracks
  • Developing something innovative.
  • Volunteering in various charitable organizations to improve children’s lives.
  • Tending a small herd of zebras on a ranch in northern Arizona.
  • Living in different parts of Asia making a living by entertaining people.
  • I’d be writing trashy romance novels.
  • Swimming and training the dolphins at Sea World.
  • Teaching and training youth in personal development.
  • I would love to be an interior decorator.

The striking thing to me is that not one person wants to do something even remotely related to what they actually spend their life doing!

No one wants to be a stockbroker, financial planner, sell insurance or real estate . . . the disconnect between hope and reality is total.

Ecce homo!

And of course, if I had my druthers, I’d do something else too, except that my family has to be supported in a certain style and blah blah blah . . .

Which is why if my son grows up with a good feel for all of the options available to him vis-a-vis life and work, I’ll feel like I did at least one good thing in this world . . .

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