As I gain perspective about life and work, I continue to believe that the world will be a better and richer place if more of us can work at the sweet spot between our passion and our skills. Passion means we are seeking the impact we care most about and we can sustain our effort. Skills means we are serving the area we are most equipped to impact. Two quotes which bring that home for me:

“The word priority came into the English language in the 1400s. It was singular. It meant the very first or prior thing. It stayed singular for the next five hundred years. Only in the 1900s did we pluralize the term and start talking about priorities. Illogically, we reasoned that by changing the word we could bend reality.” — Greg Mckeown in Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

“The way we spend our days is, of course, the way we spend our lives.” — Annie Dillard