Doing good is the purpose that lights up a life. How do we become better at doing good, though?
Clearly, passion is not enough. When passion is the ultimate driver, life paths could become narrower and narrower and ultimately kill us. We all had made decisions that should have lead us toward a bright future, and afterwards experienced a drift we couldn’t explain ourselves.
We need critical thinking skills to successfully get out of such complex issues. Should we prevent twenty people from suffering from AIDS or eighty people from suffering from severe arthritis? You might be surprised, but there’s an answer to that! Economists developed QALYs (quality-adjusted life year) to help prioritise public health spending.
One of the most fascinating applications of Effective Altruism is career choice. Some young people, eager to make a contribution, choose to be a doctor or social workers. Trading in quantitative hedge funds, although, might have a bigger overall impact through earning to give.
Want to get better at doing good? Don’t rely exclusively on your gut. Don’t follow only your passion. Try to keep your options as open as possible, build career capital and explore the world!