I went to visit a friend at his new job recently and he seemed like an entirely different person. He lit up when he talked about the business and the work that he’s doing. Heck, I wanted to work there after hearing him talk about it! I felt like high-fiving people on the street after I left, I was so pumped up.

And he had a really great job before, but I can now tell – and so can he – that it wasn’t fulfilling him. He wasn’t leaping out of bed excited to get to work the way he is now. And its hard to put a price on that!

Its so energizing being with people who truly love their jobs. I’ve been telling people for a while now that I’ve never worked with folks more passionate about their jobs than here at Dragon Army. Some of these team members have wanted to build games since they were 8 years old! One of the main reasons I gave the team more responsibility for our games last week was to help them continue to be as passionate as possible about what we’re building.

I’ve written a lot about passion over the years. But I decided to write this post not because I had spent time with my friend at his new job, but because I recently talked to another person about their career and he shared with me that at one point he loved his job but realized he wasn’t able to make as much money as he wanted, so he had to find another career.

Why do we want more money? So we can buy things that make us happy. So we can take trips. Live in a bigger house. Drive a faster car. Save up for retirement. Send our kids to college.

All of those things are great, and its hard to argue with saving for retirement and sending your kids to college not being the right thing to do. But think about this: You will probably always make more money than your parents and somehow they saved for retirement and you got a great education.

We want money so that we can be happy! We perceive that if we work at a job we don’t love, but we make a good deal of money, we’ll be happier. Bull.

Let’s say you start working at 22 years old. You work until you’re 55. That’s 33 years of working. 33 years x 48 weeks a year x 40 hours a week = 63,360 hours!

So you can either be very happy for 63,000 hours of your life, or you can be kind of bored and unfulfilled so that maybe, just maybe, when you finally retire, the money you will have saved will allow you to finally do things that you enjoy. Or maybe while you’re unhappy for those 63,000 hours, you have a nicer car while you sit in traffic to and from your unhappy job.

Find a job you absolutely love. I promise you’ll be a much happier and fulfilled person. One of the happiest people I know is a security guard at an office building. He can’t be making a ton of money, but man, he LOVES his job. And good for him.

My friend who I mentioned at the start of this post works at the company that helped the young woman in the video below. Do you think she’s going to settle for a job that she’s not passionate about? No chance.

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The disappointing Kreyos watch

August 25, 2014

Way, way, way back in June of last year, I backed the Kreyos watch on Indiegogo. At the time, the Kreyos was positioned to be the most amazing watch the world had seen. And I blogged about it in my post, 11 Reasons I Backed the Kreyos Smartwatch. Unfortunately, after I wrote that post, 708 people […]

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Teaching an old dog (me) new tricks

August 22, 2014

I’m constantly studying entrepreneurs (both via media and in person), as well as successful startups and companies, in an effort to continue learning and growing as a CEO. Many of my favorite books are great examples of this. Dragon Army will be a year old in 11 days (September 1st). The amount of things I’ve […]

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Good Will Hunting’s story is a terrific example of the entrepreneurship journey

August 20, 2014

If you’re a fan of Good Will Hunting (and let’s be real, who’s not?), then you’ll probably really enjoy this story in Boston Magazine about how the movie was made. Ben and Matt went through a LOT to find a way to get the movie done their way, and many aspects of their journey are […]

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It’s good to be back

August 18, 2014

Wow. That was some kind of break! It’s been over three weeks since my last blog post which I think is some kind of record since I started this blog in 2008. Where have I been? Well, we took our family on an Alaskan cruise and tour, which lasted from July 24th until August 6th. It […]

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Taking a break for a while

July 24, 2014

I’ll be taking a break, both from work and from blogging, for a bit of time. We’re taking the family on a much needed long vacation (where I intend to completely unplug) and then when I get back, I’m heading to a game conference in Germany for a week. So I’ll probably pick up with […]

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An example of how we should act as people, and an example of how we shouldn’t

July 23, 2014

This is how we should act as people: And this is how we shouldn’t: Recently I was stopped at a stop light near my house and I saw a homeless man holding up a sign that he was hungry. I waived him over to my car so that I could give him the cash that […]

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I use email and my calendar to manage my life. Here’s my calendar process.

July 21, 2014

I’ve spent an enormous amount of time trying to optimize the organization of my life – both personal and professional. From basic to-do lists like TuexDuex to complex ones like Omnifocus, I’ve tried them all. I’ve even tried to force Evernote into being a task management tool (which its definitely not). The key with all […]

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How do you get your news?

July 18, 2014

This week at a pitch event (where startups pitch their businesses), I met the creator of a Google Reader replacement called Minimal Reader. While we traded stories about how much we loved Google Reader (which Google killed off a little over a year ago), we started talking about the news / RSS apps we use currently. Today, […]

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Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind.

July 16, 2014

I saw this on Twitter recently and felt compelled to share it. On more than one occasion I’ve judged someone’s actions before realizing they were going through something difficult in their life, causing them enough pain to affect their behavior. Going forward I’m going to do my best to keep this in mind. Besides, even if they’re […]

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