Heroes and Goals

Derek Sivers posted this past Sunday about how who your heroes are is a good indication of what you want to do. An interesting idea that brought up a memory of a college interview I had years ago.

I was pretty confident that I wanted to be a programmer and was applying to The University of La Verne. I had a one on one interview, a get to know you meeting, with a professor of Computer Science at the school. Seta Whitby asked me a question that I have always struggled with:

"What gets you up in the morning?".

Today, as then, I have no good answer to that question.

My answer remains the same:

"Because I have to."

Sometimes I wonder if I had looked up to more people earlier in my life would I have found a different path?
But, then I take a moment and think about my life now and I am happy, content with where I am and what I'm doing.
Just because I don't wake up every morning trying to cure cancer doesn't mean that I lack anything. It just means I haven't found an answer ... yet