There was a semi-philosophical discussion at work this week about really motivates us. One group of fairly competitive folks generally responded that "winning" was at the top of the list.
A group I was part of, however, voiced different ideas. My particular response to the question had less to do with winning and a lot more to do with pride. I'd rather be involved in building things I can really be proud of than obsessed with winning. Often times you can win but it comes at a hefty price. But being proud of what you do is hard to top.
In thinking of examples to help illustrate this, I thought of Microsoft and Apple. I said something like this:
I think most people would agree that Microsoft tends to "win" the battles they take seriously. Apple, on the other hand, rarely "wins" big battles (the iPod being an obvious exception). However, I'd rather work at Apple than Microsoft. They build things I'd personally be proud to be part of.
Hopefully Apple fanatics will realize that I'm not bashing Apple here. I own a Powerbook, iPod, and iPod Shuffle. But I also use Windows daily.
My take is that winning is often a byproduct of doing something you're proud of--but not always. And I'm okay with that.
What's your ultimate reward?
Posted by jzawodn at June 10, 2005 09:50 AM