How many times have we thought to ourselves:
I can’t believe they pay me for this; I’d do it for free!
Then, think about how rare that statement really is; or rather, how rarely
true that is in practice — there are very few things that we would do if it didn’t also include compensation because, as we all know, nothing in life is entirely free.
I love seeing and trying to understand the intimate connection between the things that we do and the things that we decide we want to be paid for; not everything requires money, but, it’s nearly-always in the mental calculus.
If I get to 100+ years old, I wonder if I’ll look back on the things that I’ve done and be able to say, authentically:
I would have done it for free.