My Last Message at ActiveCampaign
What is work?
Sometimes I feel embarrassed making mountains out of molehills at work. After all, what is ActiveCampaign? What is CXA in the cold, infinite universe? We aren’t curing cancer or building rockets (as they say). We’re making software, as a team, to help people communicate with other people. This is true. There may be greater vocations. But! There are also worse things we could be doing. Work isn’t everything, but it certainly is something.
Existentialists believe we are each responsible for creating purpose and meaning in our own lives. A long time ago I decided I would try my best to build good things with good teams. I know what we’ve done together isn’t everything, but it certainly is something
One will weave the canvas; another will fell a tree by the light of his ax. Yet another will forge nails, and there will be others who observe the stars to learn how to navigate. And yet all will be as one. Building a boat isn’t about weaving canvas, forging nails, or reading the sky. It’s about giving a shared taste for the sea, by the light of which you will see nothing contradictory but rather a community of love.