"You have too much intelligence and knowledge to waste [in the non profit world at this point in your career]. The fact that in your heart you want to give back is good; God has chosen you to [use that intellect and] capture the opportunity to give your successes back to the community."
I had breakfast with a mentor, slash potential-future-employer. We spoke of many things — my recent move to into the city, the closing of her new company’s partnership with an existing broker-dealer platform, finding joy in life, etc etc.
In the context of my pending period of reflection (or as others, more bluntly, may point out my unemployment), I said that I was going to possibly look into finance in the non-profit world. I like business and finance, but perhaps if the mission was more meaningful then the work would seem more worthwhile. "Yes…," she agreed, but "it’s having a career and accumulating wealth and connections that give you the freedom to pursue all the things that make you happy."
I understand her perspective, and wealth and connections certainly do open doors to giving back to the community (e.g., not only funds to donate, but opportunities to serve on boards, encourage others to join the cause, etc.). However, I’m not sure if career success and wealth is the path to my personal happiness.
Things to ponder.