Kevin Pashuk en Publishers & Bloggers, Directors and Executives, beBee in English AVP - Information Technology • Sheridan Polytechnic University 29/11/2016 · 2 min de lectura · 2,4K

What do You, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Bono have in common?

What do You, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Bono have in common?

What do You, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Bono have in common?What do You, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Bono have in common?What do You, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Bono have in common?

It's easy to tell you what you likely DON'T have in common with them - fame, fortune, and good looks

...Okay, Fame and fortune... 

... but here's what you DO have in common with Bill, Warren, and Bono.

24 hours in a day, and a sphere of influence.  

The same thing every human on the planet gets.

It's what you do with those 24 hours, and that sphere of influence that matters.

As a leader, or an aspiring leader, we study successful people and look to emulate them.  Too often however, we limit our perspective of what makes them successful to money, position, titles and influence.

"Work hard and get rich" are goals that will leave you empty.  How will you know you've arrived?

Each of these people are highly successful in what they do, have earned a great deal of money in the process, but have followed their passions and have individually committed to using their resources to make a difference in this world.

Dan Pink, in his latest book Drive:The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us highlights the research that shows that in cognitive based tasks, money is a poor motivator for increased performance.  What does drive performance (or results) is the amount of Autonomy ( the desire to direct our own lives), Mastery (the urge to get better and better at something that matters), and Purpose (the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves) we have in our careers and lives. (If you would prefer the animated version of the book, check out RSA Animate's treatment of the book below or at the link here)

What do You, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Bono have in common?

Which gets me back to the things you have in common with Bill, Warren and Bono.

Each of these men have, and have had, 24 hour days to accomplish what they did. Just like you do.

Granted, they may have had connections and resources that you don't, but they didn't have any more time than you do.

They also had passion which motivated them. If you look at them now, you will see how their passions now drive actions that are having a profound influence in our world.  These guys are PASSION DRIVEN, and you should be too.  And they are working to something bigger than their careers. They choose to spend their time doing impactful things that align with their passions - both in their career and personal life.

If you are a leader (or want to become one), and can't articulate WHY you are in this career, then perhaps it's time to reconsider. If you are spending 100% of your time, energy and resources on making money, then perhaps it's time to reconsider. 

If you are not impacting your sphere of influence to do something in the service of something larger than yourself, perhaps it's time to reconsider.

Sorry to sound preachy. As always, this blog post is written primarily to myself. Consider this my public journal. If I've given you pause to think today, then it has certainly been worth my time to share... and follow my passion, and leverage my sphere of influence.

So... armed with at least two of the things that have made Bill, Warren and Bono "successful", what are you going to do about it?

My final thought is a quote from Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life  

"Killing time is suicide".
Rick Warren

Note: A version of this post has been previously published on my blog.

Images: Used under Creative Commons License

About the Author:

What do You, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Bono have in common?I’m the Chief Information Officer for Appleby College, in Oakville, Ontario Canada, where my team is transforming the delivery of education through innovative application of technology. I'm also a beBee Brand Ambassador.

I'm convinced that IT leadership needs to dramatically change how IT is delivered rather than being relegated to a costly overhead department.

In addition to transforming IT in my role as CIO, I look for every opportunity to talk about this... writing, speaking and now blogging on BeBee ( , LinkedIn, ITWorld Canada, or at

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Ken Boddie 5/12/2016 · #18

Undoubtedly, Kev, as mature leaders in our chosen career path or discipline, we have a duty to ensure that "passion will drive us towards doing something in the service of something larger than ourselves". But let's spare a thought for the many less fortunate out there who, for various reasons, are trapped in survival mode from day to day, and are slowly being robbed of their passion. How can we recognise them and include them in our "service of something larger"?

Jared J. Wiese 5/12/2016 · #17

#16 Sounds like a very good thing that you are out of that job! I hope you can tap into your unique talents and passions to find a much better match.


#15 I tried the best out of a bad job but I ended up in the Hospital. But yes we try our best when our health isn't jeopardised. Thank-you for this list :)

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Jared J. Wiese 5/12/2016 · #15

More to think about from the author:

"Here’s what Pillemer calls the “refrigerator list” of the five lessons gleaned from all that experience:

1. Choose a career for the intrinsic rewards, not the financial ones.
2. Don’t give up on looking for a job that makes you happy.
3. Make the most of a bad job.
4. Emotional intelligence trumps every other kind.
5. Everyone needs autonomy."

Jared J. Wiese 5/12/2016 · #14

Thanks for this, Kevin! I loved your summation, your passion nudge and RSA Animate's animated version of the book!

(I am CC'ing those who found my share of RSA Animate's video relevant in
@Javier beBee, @Julie Hickman, @Allison Obrien, @Suzanne Dwillies-Khan, Pharmacist and Musician)

I had heard or read the amount of money most people need to feel happy at work caps out at $70-80,000. Then I saw this video and learned more about the research that makes so much sense.
I've also heard of studies that show more than 75% of people are unhappy at work. Why?

Dan Pink "demonstrates that while the old-fashioned carrot-and-stick approach worked successfully in the 20th century, it's precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today's challenges."

You asked after working hard to be successful, "How will you know you've arrived?"
Today, people need to use their passions and be fullfilled. Otherwise, they are "unhappy" - without really explaining why - but consider themselves part of the 75%.

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Mohammed Sultan 30/11/2016 · #12

Kevin Pashuk.I always like such light posts which feature the real meaning of success.Although each one of those titans was driven by different motives,all were able to go against the logic of many others and their unprecedented success took place in the framework of their high expectations about their business.
They have achieved spectacular success not because of their core skills or experience or qualification ,but because they have the passion ,the will and the motivation to keep going and not to regress to mediocrity or spectacular failure.I wonder whether those people have applied their own creativity or have been inspired by Aristotle when he quoted-success is a state concerned with choice,laying in a mean and being determined by reason and practical wisdom.

April Lynn 30/11/2016 · #11

#10 Well Said and Appreciated. Leaves a much better after taste; bring on the honey!

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Kevin Pashuk 30/11/2016 · #10

Thanks for the kind words April. Conversations over coffee (or other beverages) tend to work for me. Taking on serious issues without getting too serious is my intent. There's enough esoteric things out there that will give you brain blisters. My writing won't be part of that.

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