The 20th century was defined by a simple binary, with money, stability, and routinization on one side and passion, personal expression, and financial uncertainty on the other. Today, that is no longer the case. Technology and trade have destroyed the widget economy of the last century to give birth to what I call the Passion Economy. To succeed financially in this economy we must embrace our unique passions — those interests and abilities that make each of us different — while also seeking out novel ways to match our particular set of passions with those people who most value them.
The other night I was invited to dinner with several wealthy and powerful people. This is not a normal thing for me. During appetizers and drinks I was a wallflower, but opened up over the first course when my dinner companions asked what I did.
“I just wrote a book,” I responded.
“Interesting! What about?” they asked.
“How the world was overtaken by the belief that the right choice in any decision is whichever option makes the most money,” I replied. “My book tells the history of that idea and what we should do instead.”
A mixture of expressions greeted…