The Birth of Worthwhile
Anita Sharpe on Passionate Work
My passion is magazines. I've loved them since I was seven or eight, when I would spend hours poring over stacks of old Life and Look magazines
my grandmother saved. Nearly every dime of my allowance went to buy magazines on the newsstands. I knew that when I grew up, I would somehow earn my living in this business.
Instead, I took a 20-year detour into newspapers. When I left The Wall Street Journal five years ago, people said I was crazy to leave a great career with one of best media companies in the world.
But I felt that there was other work I was meant to do. I had to find it and pursue it. For me, there were at least three components of passionate work: creativity, control and contribution. \n\nThe latter is key; our work should make a difference in the world. My definition of 'making a difference' is admittedly broad; I have argued at many dinner parties that the contribution of the Beatles -- the joy factor -- is as important as the feeding-the-poor contributions of people like Mother Theresa.\n \nIn fact, I love what Civil Rights activist Howard Thurman said: 'Do not ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive. For what the world needs is more people who have come alive.'\n \nThis is what Worthwhile is all about: passionate, purposeful work; spending our days doing what makes us come alive. And, in the process, leaving the world a better place.\n