David Weinberger on Passionate Work
Someone I know just had two job offers. One was for doing something he does well and has been doing for a while at a small pharma/biotech company. The other was at a research lab working on a project he cares about and at which he would learn a lot. The second job, of course, offered just under half of what the first offered. In fact, the second way pays so little that he'll barely be able to live here in Boston.
He took the second job.
It's been interesting watching how judgmental people have been. I don't mean having opinions or giving advice. We pretty much can't avoid the former, and some of us (ahem) can't stop ourselves from doing the latter. But, being judgmental goes beyond that. When a friend makes a choice, unless you have good grounds for thinking it to be self-destructive or evil, you support your friend. You congratulate them, wish them well, offer to help, talk about how exciting the new job is going to be. You trust that they made the right decision. And you save your doubts for pillowtalk.
Or do I have this wrong?