Marty, 71, had a very satisfying work life as an engineer and entrepreneur. But he exhorts younger people to think about success not in terms of money, and gives you some important questions to ask yourself about your career.
Earning money seemed to be how they measured a success when we were young. Some people went to college but most people went to work, they got a job and went to work so everything revolved around: What are you earning? What are you making? And so the more money you made the more successful you were.
And that became more important than: What should I do with my life? What do you want to develop? What do you want to learn?’ But by learning and experiencing that part of your life, you’re going to be doing something you like doing, that you want to do, and money follows. Money follows. That’s the way it works.
And if money doesn’t follow, you’re doing something you like anyway. So it was like when I was a kid, down the street we had a shoemaker, a father with his kids and they did the shoes, leather soles and stuff. They were a pretty cool family. They loved working there and they loved making shoes and fixing shoes. So there’s ways to be happy without having to be this big-shot corporate guy.