Read this post on A VC along with all the comments. It’s the best discussion I’ve read in a long, long time, about a topic I feel extremely strong about – startups, entrepreneurship, and the motives behind them.

Here are a few great comments:

From panterosa

When I was a teenager I asked my dad, who went to Harvard at 15, to define success. His reply was “you are successful when the field you’re in can no longer be discussed without your contribution to it”.

From JLM

Money and stuff is stupid.  I hate stupid.  I hate stupid more than anything else I have ever encountered on that side of the ledger.  It is a barter which does not involve your soul.

The currency with which you are really paid is your measure against yourself.  I jumped out of airplanes because I wondered if I could do it.  I could.

I started businesses to see if I could do it.  I could.

Don’t let life buy you with lucre.  Worse yet, don’t let it rent you.

Trade for more dear stuff — the satisfaction of having plotted and followed your own course, the thrill of having walked the high wire of life with no safety net, the mutual respect of good people, the love of a good mate and a full draught — not a shot glass — of all that life offers.

Go bite the ass off a bear every day of your life and then tell me you can keep score only with money.

If the gods favor you — as they will, my friends, I promise — and you get to the Pay Window, do good works with your money.  Money is only useful for good works.  How many freakin’ cheeseburgers can you really eat?

Don’t be afraid to be kind to yourself, you will deserve it.

In the end, you will be richer for it.  I know.

From Carl Mistlebauer

Life with wealth or life with passion?  Give me passion…..

Give it a read. You’ll be glad you did.