What do you want to do with the rest of your life, and how is Expensify a step toward your long-term goals?
THE "CLIFFNOTES" VERSION:
I want a meaningful life experience and I think that is achieved through a path focused on improving abilities instead of reaching a fixed goal.
Diverse approaches are essential to improving. I know a team that emphasizes this (it's the first thing on the "about us" page!) is one where I will thrive.
THE FULL VERSION:
What do I want to do for the rest of my life?
certainly not my expenses
THAT QUOTE HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD! I ONCE SPENT 2.5 HOURS TRYING TO MITIGATE A FIFTEEN CENT DEFICIT ON CONCUR. WORKING FOR A COMPANY THAT IS A REAL SOLUTION TO A REAL PROBLEM IS IMPORTANT.
BUT WHAT DO I WANT TO DO ?
TO BE ENTIRELY HONEST, I DON'T KNOW. “THE REST OF MY LIFE” IS A BIG SLICE OF PIE.
What I do know
The things I want in life will shift based on my interaction with the world. Since I'm constantly growing and learning, creating goals based on a "future self" -without knowing my future desires- would be inevitably myopic and lend itself to an endless chase for fulfillment.
That's not to say I don't believe in goals. Instead, I want to take the things that are meaningful to me and try to consistently weave them into my ever-changing priorities. That way, achieving a goal is not simply having met an arbitrary desire from the past, but instead, be measured by a path in which I've fostered meaningful abilities.
TWO THINGS THAT HAVE CONSISTENTLY PROVIDED ME with meaningful GROWTH AND HAPPINESS:
1. Making Things
My dad is an artist and from him I learned how to draw 3D letters and that the true value we bring, is the confidence not to compromise our own personality.
I agree, but my approach is a little more optimistic. I think what we create will always reflect parts of our personality. And in those things, we can see a lot about what someone values.
I want to learn all these things from the people I work with everyday. I want to learn about new things to make, better ways to make them, and maybe even make something I've never made before. I've got the energy to learn and I want to be surrounded by people who feel the same.
2. Being Good
In every sense of the word, I want to be good- a good person, good at what I do, and do good things. But like how being a good runner, it isn’t easy, I know it takes effort and hard work. A good decision may be a more difficult one. A good result may take more time.
I know good is also arbitrary, subjective and cultural, but that exactly why it's so... good. I want to learn all the ways other people believe good exists and how they approach it and stay motivated.
How is Expensify different to me?
Diversity is important to me. But while most companies only nod in agreement, Expensify announces it loud and clear. In fact, being culturally diverse and having an eagerness to push each other to learn is the first thing mentioned in the "About Us".
Within each self-written description, I see a unique sense of humor and set of values. To me, the team is not just a group of hardworking people, but also a group with whom I can have fun.
For the rest of my life, I want to be making things. I also want to be good. To me, those two goals are fluid, reachable in infinitely permutable ways, and each with distinct value. I want to work with a company that will push and help me find all the adjacent possibles toward a path that will lead me to what I truly want in life - a meaningful experience.