Incentives

I was out for a walk a few days ago when I overheard a couple of people talking:

“That’s how Cuban Marxism failed!”

My ears pricked up at that line. As I walked, they were discussing their futures, careers and purpose. One of them was struggling with whether they’d made the right decision to study medicine. An interesting disagreement arose about whether people want to be doctors purely because they want to help people. One argued yes, they could, whilst the other was adamant money was the main motivation.

I think there is a lesson here – to reflect on why we do the work we do. Do we do it for the incentives that it’ll provide? Is it money, the status, fear, something else?

It got me thinking and wondering about the disagreement over doing work to serve others. I’m asking myself the question: am I willing to work in service of others and for the common good?