Living and Dying On Third Base

Tomorrow's my 26th birthday, and in the spirit of growing up, I'd like to share a little story about how a recent conversation changed my life for the better.

I was talking to an old college buddy last week. This guy is one of the smartest people I know; he recently left his lucrative finance job to join a prestigious doctoral program in economics.

I knew my friend was passionate about the economy. Moreover, he has a very genuine desire to change the world for the better. Nevertheless, I was a little curious.

“Look buddy, I know you want to create an impact, and that’s great. But what about all the financial upside you’ll be giving up. Going the academic route is a tough gig…and there’s no guarantee of any reward at the end of the tunnel.”

My friend paused for a moment, and then replied:

“Vik, people like us were born on third base. We’ve had every advantage. It would be a shame for us to live our lives without at least trying to drive in a run.”

I went silent. His words resonated through me. Everything that he just said had just made sense to me in a way I had never fully appreciated before.

I really have been born on third base. I was raised in a wonderful family in one of the most intellectually vibrant communities in the world. I've never had to worry about putting food on the table or getting a great education.

I've also been lucky enough to have access to a great network that will help me in both business and personal development. It would be very disappointing if I couldn't do something significant with all the privileges I've been given.

This is why I love being an entrepreneur and blogger. It is an opportunity to influence the world for the better. And if we don’t succeed, so what? At least we put our best foot forward along the way.

Life’s too short to live and die on third base, so I ask you:

How do you plan to get home?

One Response to “Living and Dying On Third Base”

  1. Philip Brockett says:

    Vik – Nice post! Thanks!

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