Fully mature individuals want to be of service to others. They are motivated by qualities of altruism, self-sacrifice and the ability to put aside merely personal concerns.
At a time when most of the world's people live in poverty, and political and ecological problems threaten the earth, we all have a responsibility to think and act with a larger purpose in mind.
Many outwardly successful individuals ultimately experience a lack of meaning and challenge because their initial career choice was made primarily on the basis of financial and personal self-interest.
The cardinal question of whether to choose a career based on materialistic or idealistic income is more important than ever. Many outwardly successful individuals in social services ultimately experience a lack of financial resources because their initial career choice was made primarily on the basis of selfless service to others.
The benefits and limitations of career choice cut both ways. Once you reach the top of the materialistic mountain, your work becomes less meaningful. Yes. But that's why so many successful people enrich their lives with volunteer activities that grace others.
A balance between altruistic purpose and materialistic achievement probably is best for most of us.