Big Bucks Vs. Balance
Anita Sharpe on Creativity
Can you make a lot of money and have a life?
I was struck by a passage in Fast Company magazine's October cover story on achieving balance: 'you can't have both a big paycheck and reasonable hours. The laws of economics won't allow it. If we want time with our families, time to give back to our communities, time to stay slim, we're going to have to accept a pay cut -- and even then, we'll have to work darned hard.'
While I agree with the thrust of the story (work/life balance is a myth), I see the financial piece differently. You don't have to work like a pack mule to earn big money.
From here on out, the biggest rewards will go to creators, not managers. You
don't have to look past the Forbes 400 to know this has long been the case when it comes to vast wealth (think J.K. Rowling, Oprah, Spielberg, etc.) \n\nI'm not suggesting that we should all write novels and direct movies. But we can borrow a page from theplaybooks of people who do those things: what they provide the world is so intrinsically individual and creative, it can't be duplicated by cheap overseas labor or newly minted MBAs.\n\nWe have already seen that the computer does a great job duplicating the human brain; nothing yet has been created that can mimic the human heart and soul, which are at the core of creativity.\n\nMy prediction: the wealthiest workers going forward are those who do the best job bringing their hearts and souls to their vocations.\n\n