04:07 we can start to send out messages in a bottle, we can sing, write poetry, produce books, and blogs activities, stemming from the realization that people around us won’t ever fully get us, but that others separated across time and space might.
In the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work. Perhaps, then you might gain that rare tranquility that comes from knowing that you’ve had a hand in creating something of intrinsic excellence that makes a contribution. Indeed, you might even gain that deepest of all satisfaction: knowing that your short time here on this earth has been well spent, and that it mattered.
(Jim Collins, Good to Great)