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Sharon Lippincott

Your current thread about extreme careers and overachieving is splendid. What clear examples you give of personal passion, extreme passion. It ties in with the maxim we've all heard most of our lives: Choose work you love and you'll never work a day in your life. The people in your examples are not "working" in the traditional sense.

Passion is a curious thing. Some people have focused passion with commitment that never strays. Others, sometimes referred to as the "renaissance souls" you've written about have passion for a wide array of pursuits. Neither is better than the other, and fortunate is the person who fully experiences passion for anything!

Thanks for providing the keys on your TrackKnacks blog for learning more aobut our own passions.

Penelope Trunk

Hi Stephanie. Here's a question I ask myself, so I ask you, too: So what?

Why does it matter if the quizzes are right or not? Why does it matter if we
define workaholics correctly or not? People who are taking the test because
they are unhappy are unhappy whatever the test says. And people who are not
unhappy don't care if the test says they are unhappy. So why bother?

I think think the bigger philosophical question is what is a good life?

I am not sure about this, but I think the answer might split by generation,
and I think the split is somewhere around age 40.

Young people have already made their mark in the workplace by placing
personal life ahead of work life.

Baby boomers are famous for having restructured the workplace to accommodate
long hours.

I think that just might be how things are. Test or no test. Research or no

Penelope Trunk
Columnist, Boston Globe
Blog: http://blog.penelopetrunk.com
Forthcoming book: Brazen Careerist: New Rules for Success (Warner Books, May

Bob Burg

Hi Penelope, I’d like to attempt to answer a couple of your questions in your recent “comments” posting regarding Stephanie’s blog post.

You wrote:

“Why does it matter if the quizzes are right or not?”

The reason I believe is, first, there is a simple matter of right and wrong. A person (especially one claiming to be an authority in a particular field), should not write something that isn’t correct. As a professionally trained journalist, I know this is something you know and practice in your columns.

And, there’s another reason: people are taking this quiz looking for some sort of guidance and are – for right or wrong – going to look at those answers as a key to how they might better live their own lives. So I certainly believe that the writer of the quiz owes it to his or her potential readers to make it ‘as right as can possibly be.”

Actually, there’s one other reason, as well. Many people will read that quiz as a way to determine “if someone else in their life” fits the description and, if the quiz is not right, then this could cause some serious, serious problems within the relationship.

So, all-in-all, I’d say correctness would be a very high value to pursue n this regard.

You then wrote:

“Why does it matter if we define workaholics correctly or not?

Many people would consider words and definitions extremely important as they relate to clear communication. And, if a term such as “workaholic” the very basis of the entire article – is not defined correctly, it then renders the message less effective.

I often say (though, who knows if I’m correct) :-) that “even the best logic, if based on a false premise, can never result in a correct conclusion.”

Therefore, Penelope, I very much believe that defining a term – especially one as electrically charged as “workaholic” – is very important.

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