Mixed motives

You might be solving an interesting problem because you need to find a way to pay your bills. And if you solve it for enough people, perhaps you will be earning way more than you had ever imagined.

That is fine.

You might be sharing what you know with others simply because you are bored and unchallenged in your current professional situation.

That is fine.

You might have enrolled to a two hours workshop because you are interested in the topic and because you’ll get the opportunity to meet that person you’ve been wanting to meet for a long time.

That is fine.

You might be spending hours coaching and developing the people in your team to increase their performance, and because this might mean a better role and a higher pay in the future.

That is fine.

Mixed motives are a reality of the world, and we should be able to look at our work and the work of others through this lens. It’s liberating and it opens up opportunities.

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