"I wish I had spent more time at work"

January 25, 2009

I happen to be a big fan of Macs and Apple's OS X operating system, and I just ran across a blog post where the writer talks about Tim Cook describing Apple's mission statement. As much as I like Apple's products, I can't say I'd want to work there. If you follow the link that's at the bottom of that blog post, the Fortune article describes Mr. Cook's work ethic, and it sounds like something you'd find in a super-obsessed NFL football coach.

The article states that Mr. Cook was at one point diagnosed with having MS, and I'm really surprised that someone who has been through something like that would want to spend all of his time working. Around the year 2000 I was very rapidly getting sick, and my doctors were also mentioning MS as a possibility. Fortunately it turned out to be a horrible reaction to Claritin, and once I stopped taking the Claritin life returned to normal.

But my attitude certainly didn't. I realized just how fast a person can go from being completely healthy to being very, very sick, and that had a profound effect on my attitude toward spending all my time at work. In short, I still enjoy work, and still do get caught up in it from time to time, but I don't "live to work" any more.

As a friend of mine likes to say, I don't want my tombstone saying something like "I wish I had spent more time at work".

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