As a followup on my previous post "Passionate vs Professional Programmer", here is an Excerpt from How To Be CREATIVE by Hugh MacLeod ( http://www.gapingvoid.com) that put the discussion in context. I totally agree that Merit can be bought but not passion.
The only people who can change the world are people who want to. And not everybody does.
Human beings have this thing I call the â€œPissed Off Gene.â€ ItÊ¼s that bit of our psyche that makes us utterly dissatisfied with our lot, no matter how kindly fortune smiles upon us.
ItÊ¼s there for a reason. Back in our early caveman days being pissed off made us more likely to get off our butt, get out of the cave and into the tundra hunting woolly mammoth, so weÊ¼d have something to eat for supper. ItÊ¼s a survival mechanism. Damn useful then, damn useful
ItÊ¼s this same Pissed Off Gene that makes us want to create anything in the first placeâ€”drawings, violin sonatas, meat packing companies, websites. This same gene drove us to discover how to make a fire, the wheel, the bow and arrow, indoor plumbing, the personal computer, the list is endless.
Part of understanding the creative urge is understanding that itÊ¼s primal. Wanting to change the world is not a noble calling; itÊ¼s a primal calling.
We think weÊ¼re â€œproviding a superior integrated logistic systemâ€ or â€œhelping America to really taste freshness.â€ In fact weÊ¼re just pissed off and want to get the hell out of the cave and kill the woolly mammoth.
Your business either lets you go hunt the woolly mammoth or it doesnÊ¼t. Of course, like so many white-collar jobs these days, you might very well be offered a ton of money to sit in the corner-office cave and pretend that youÊ¼re hunting. That is sad. WhatÊ¼s even sadder is if you agree to take the money.