We don’t have all the answers, but we owe it to ourselves — as a species — to buy ourselves enough time to figure it out. As a company, we need to be part of that.

Many of us at some point pause from our busy lives to think “What is life for?” Some of us take the question pretty seriously and end up committing chunks of our lives to philosophy — in between the comings and goings of life itself. Don’t worry, this is not going to be one of those ‘what is the meaning of life’ posts (I haven’t figured that one out yet — but I’m working on it. Occasionally I get closer than usual).

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I don’t know what the future holds, but unless we are able to think beyond the next profit and loss report, nor will anybody else.

This post is about why a company exists. Just like humans, companies have different roles to play — and if you zoom out far enough, we are all on the same page. As humans, what we want is to be happy, content, and at peace. The work we do is in service of those goals —‘work to live, don’t live to work.’ But if the work we do is an extension of finding our bearings as humans, it stands to reason that the companies we work for are an extension of that. …

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Haje Jan Kamps

CEO of Konf, pitch coach for startups, enthusiastic dabbler in photography.

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