Learning From Walter
Kevin Salwen on Passionate Work
Why are we still surprised when we learn that some people LOVE their work? This morning's New York Times offers up the story of Walter O'Rourke, a train conductor who also happens to be a millionaire from smart investments. He's 65, he has plenty of money. But he wants to be at his job on the New Jersey Transit train.
In response to what were obviously a series of incredulous questions by the Times reporter, Mr. O'Rourke is quoted as saying:
-- 'There's no place else I'd rather be.'
-- 'I don't need the money, I need the job.'
-- The money is 'pocket change. But it keeps me doing the one thing I enjoy doing most.'
-- 'I realize that some people, especially some of my co-workers, might see me as a strange duck. But where does it say that a man can't love what he does for a living?'
Where does it say that indeed? Still doing something that doesn't charge you up? Learn from Walter.