One thing on my mind: If you were to leave this earth at 5 pm–not just any day, but TODAY–what would people say about you? Did you improve lives, or live for yourself? In other words, are you building your resume or your eulogy? I like this TED Talk from David Brooks that explores the difference:
- marketable skills vs. depth and relationships
- ambition vs the desire to do good
- success vs. love, redemption and return
Similarly, in the construction business we have two types of projects. There are jobs that make a financial contribution, thus keeping our CFO smiling, and those that benefit beyond finances, on various platforms, making communities better and helping people in the process. Personally I like them both. Routine projects and not-so-routine projects are important on different levels.
To me, it’s okay to build a résumé, but we shouldn’t do it at the expense of genuine connections and community. Corporately, I try to balance our resume with our “eulogy.” We’re planning to be around, but just in case…