The Keeping Score Survey

Back to Introduction

To start, enter your average annual income: $

Currency Converter

or, if you prefer, you can enter an income figure from this list of mean wages and occupations

or,if you prefer, you can enter an income figure from this list of mean wages and occupations

Section One - Value of your Work

For more information, click here.

These are the most important, and thus heavily weighted questions, so think about them carefully

(1)

Does your work create value, or simply trade it? In other words, are new assets created or simply redistributed? Are you adding to the total available goods or services, or simply dividing that total; does your work make the pie bigger, or simply cut in another way?

For example, most lawyers simply attempt to move money from one group or individual to another, while a lawyer who helps clients enforce valid contracts, or who protects legitimate intellectual property, may be helping to create value.

In general, my work:

(2)

Catering to the lowest common denominator - are you proud of your product?

For more information on this question, click here.

One of the most challenging feats in the business world is to make money from products or services which bring out the best in people, rather than pandering to their most ignoble desires.

(3)

Does the product or service you help produce help people improve themselves?

(4)

Would you be proud to tell the person you respect most about the kind of work you do?

(5)

Do you use your product? Would you encourage your closest friends to use it?

(6)

Ethical Impact. Does your product or service encourage any sort of unethical conduct?

(7)

Is your product or service something that will still exist in 10 years, or that will have some positive long term impact?

For more information on this question, click here.

Lasting Value. Of the many business ventures which make money, only a few have a long term impact. Lasting value can mean many things - the venture may live on in the same form as you created it, or it may be sold and form the foundation, or a part, of another venture.