Scoff if you want. Having criteria to decide what I do and don’t do is actually liberating. Yeah, I know – it’s totally out of character, I’m sure such discipline is not something you would generally attribute to me. Nonetheless, I’ve been applying my criteria – and that is harder than it sounds – and very happy when I do. I may be poorer (in a money way of measuring) but I am much richer in every other way.
Here they are again:
Can I make a real contribution? Is there a need for my skills? Will I make a difference?
Will it stretch me? Is it edgy? Will it contribute to my continued learning?
Is there an opportunity to build capacity, and transfer my skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to others?
Will it enable me to make money and provide for the future?
Is there an opportunity to travel to new or interesting places?
Will I be with cool people, especially friends? Will I potentially make new friends, and build existing relationships?