If you haven’t caught this on the Web, here’s the story of Ken Karpman, a one-time CEO and stock trader, with annual earnings as high as $750,000, now delivering pizzas for $7.29/hour. To some, it’s a horrific tale about the trap door of today’s economy. For others, it’s about just desserts for someone who blew through the megabucks he made during an age of excess. But if you read and watch this ABC News item about Karpman, you also may get a sense of a guy who finds more dignity and purpose in earning a little over the minimum wage than in sitting at home bemoaning his mistakes and his fate: http://a.abcnews.com/Business/story?id=7111098&page=1.
I don’t know if there’s a profound lesson in all of this, but it does reinforce my wish that we will emerge from this recession with a better sense of what our economy, work, and underlying values should be all about.