Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 

 

One thing humans struggle with the most is admitting to themselves the real reason why they're doing something.

We persuade ourselves to love work, when know we'd really rather be on the beach.

We talk ourselves into dressing conservatively, marrying sensibly and acting positively when our true motivations have little to do with our outer selves.

So when we embark upon a so-called career, we often do what we think we should, rather than what we actually want to do.

And then we look up to famous entrepreneurs and begin to realize they wouldn't necessarily have made those same choices.

Take Warren Buffett. One of the lovely things about his frequent wise utterances is that you can go to his website and read them all. There's a vast collection of questions which he's answered over the years.

Of course, he isn't always right. But if you continue to scroll down the literally hundreds of answers you'll find little gems buried like truffles in Provence.

And so it was that I discovered Buffett's views on resumes and sex.

It was in the middle of a long response from 1998 to a question about some frightfully fascinating deal which interested me not at all.

However, he got onto the topic of loving what he does. He urged everyone to find a job they adore. (Oh, that's so easy to find, isn't it?)

Then he said: "I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don't like because you think it will look good on your resume."

Many of us are, indeed, out of our minds.

We aren't the children of the wealthy. We aren't exposed to the machinations of great investors at an early age (as Buffett was because of his father). So we try to tiptoe our way through life doing the things that we're told to do by those who claim to know.

This vexes Buffett.

He continued his thought by telling a story: "I was with a fellow at Harvard the other day who was taking me over to talk. He was 28 and he was telling me all that he had done in life, which was terrific. And then I said, 'What will you do next?' 'Well,' he said, 'Maybe after I get my MBA I will go to work for a consulting firm because it will look good on my resume.'"

It's a logic you've heard many times before. This will look good, ergo I should do it.

Buffett, however, wants you -- should you have such thoughts -- to think about the bedroom: "I said, 'Look, you are 28 and you have been doing all these things. You have a resume 10 times [longer?] than anybody I have ever seen. Isn't that a little like saving up sex for your old age?'"

Few people would suggest that sex is best left to the ancient. It's not just the negative effects on potential procreation. It's the pointlessness of the self-denial.

For Buffett, resume-padding is the epitome of pointless self-denial. It's the choice to suffer through years in order to gain a mythical place on a corporate pedestal which, please be honest, might not even be there when you're finally ready for it.

The Berkshire Hathaway sage insists: "Take a job that you love. You will jump out of bed in the morning."

Presumably, one of the reasons you'll jump out of bed is because you allowed yourself to have sex. Both metaphorically and, who knows, actually.

Business As A Sexual Journey.

Does Harvard Business School have a course with that title? Isn't it time it did?

Published on: Nov 14, 2015
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