from: Anonymous
to: Lucy
date: Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 1:35 PM
subject: meaning

I had an interesting conversation with a coworker last week about if all of the hard work we are doing is meaningful in the grand scheme of things.  Is helping corporations get bigger a cop out when we could be putting our brainpower towards solving the worlds problems or teaching kids etc. This concerns me sometimes.

Anyway, the coworker just emailed me this link and I really enjoyed it. Thought you might too. 

from: Lucy
to: Anonymous
date: Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 1:50 PM
subject: Re: meaning

Can't wait to read. My initial thoughts — 

The way you described it, using our energy that way also concerns me too. However, I am a firm believer in that it is meaningful. Yes, while we are helping our repsective corporations get bigger, it is providing us with valuable skills – not just excel models, but rather the politics and understanding that the world takes all kinds of people. Through all the ups (and the many downs) I've experienced while helping my team here grow, it's been a microcosm of what the rest of the world is like ... and coming to terms with the fact that not everyone can think or operate the way you want them to, was a realization I was only able to make through work experience. And a realization that's v. important when we do go on to build our own empires (however large or small they may be) because influence and experience is key. 

In short, I'm not too worried, especially not about people like us and your coworker.* Because we're having these sorts of ponderings this early on means we are staying aware. Our careers are still young and our professional experience is still green, and I'm excited to see what this experience we are equipped with will translate into when we are ready to dedicate all our brainpower towards our own ventures. 

Can't wait to discuss more in person; thank you for sharing all of these thoughtful articles and ideas of the world. 

(*Note that this is coming from my biased view of spending so much time immersing myself in and exploring the NYC tech scene, and the entrepreneurial mind of our collective generation. It seems like everyone and their mother has a startup idea, or is trying to save the world. And while I get that that's a great thought to have, there are so many people who are really undermining the true message and impact of living with professional purpose because they have little business intuition/experience and zero clue of how to build a business, and more often than not there is just general noise of people trying to piece together buzzwords to sound like Evan Sharp. It makes those of us who are trying to make an impact doubt ourselves, and look bad to future partners and investors.)