I think part of it is finding a dinner table with people that are also very geared toward enthusiasm for solving interesting problems. The difference here is really about self actualization versus a job where those around you get that you’re doing this because it’s interesting to you, not as a means to an end. That said, no one wants to have dinner with someone that can’t talk about all kinds of things, but that’s a different thing entirely. Personally, I do try to remain cognizant of the fact that life hasn’t always been this way and achieving the ability to get paid to do what you’re genuinely interested in is, on average, something of a rarity. The other side of that is that it’s actually much more achievable than I think the average person believes it to be. I really enjoy your challenge to the thinking around “work/life balance,” here. Great article.