Alexandre Dumas ASHINZWUWERA(Eng), Former MP
Ask yourself: If you could do anything for 8 hours a day for the rest of your life, and money were no object, what would you do?
Holidays like Independence Day give me the excuse (and reminder) to reflect on what I'm doing with my life and what I've done since the last milestone, such as New Year. Am I excited to do what I'm doing every day? And if not, is it me, or something else?
One of the big blessings of living in a democracy is the ability to pursue one's own path, and the idea that anyone can pick him or herself up by the bootstraps and achieve great things. Of course, survival and success are inescapably connected to work, but we have the luxury of deciding how fun our day-to-day work is going to be. Sometimes that comes as a tradeoff for pay, but spending 1/2 your waking hours doing something you love is often well worth it. And I'm convinced that the people who are best at what they do tend to be the ones that love it the most.
The most important thing for me as a startup founder is knowing that every person I work with is excited to show up to work every day, that each is doing what he or she loves. The most amazing words I could ever hear one of our team member say (and I'm humbled to overhear it occasionally!), is, "This is the best job I've ever had." And if it's not, I'd rather help him or her find that job than help us do what we love at his or her own expense.
I'm not saying anything loads of great thinkers haven't already said. But sometimes it's important to remind ourselves why we're doing what we're doing, and to take inventory of our dreams.
589 million people in sub-Saharan Africa—68% of the population—do not have access to electricity or other modern energy services and roughly 30 African countries face endemic power shortages. This hampers services in health and education, profoundly limits economic development and disproportionately affects women. This lack of energy access is a major barrier to eradicating poverty in Africa, yet there is a way to change this. Providing access to reliable and affordable energy is one of the most powerful development multipliers—giving those trapped in subsistence lifestyles the means to work their way out of poverty.
As such, below are some of my favorite mushy, inspirational quotes about the intersection of passion and work: