This is really a great book.
If you've read The Four-Hour Work Week you're familiar with the idea that you can design a business not around maximum profit but minimal effort. Drive made me recognize the connection between that and people like Muhammad Yunnus, the Nobel Prize winner who championed micro-loans, or the L3C movement, which enables people to organize "low-profit corporations" which function by turning a profit but don't exist for the sake of profit. Just as a 4HWW "muse" business throws out max profit as a goal and optimizes on minimal effort, an L3C business disregards maximum profit and optimizes on maximum social good.
An L3C in North Carolina, for instance, is buying abandoned furniture factories in the state, updating them with green technology, and leasing them back to beleaguered furniture manufacturers at a low rate. The venture hopes to make money, but its real purpose is to help revitalize a struggling region.
They say "work to live, not live to work." If you have a take-what-you-get attitude to the world, that means just take it easy and enjoy life as well as working. But if you have an entrepreneurial, world-shaping attitude, it means your projects may need to generate revenue to be self-sustaining, but that doesn't mean they have to be mindless, soulless giant robots strip-mining the world for profit. It's not just you that should work to live, not live to work; your companies should work to live, not live to work as well.