The following quote is pulled straight from today’s email newsletter from Stephen Elliott, who, if you’re not currently reading you should start right now. In fact, let the following quote serve as your start, and then go buy this and this (hurry though, before the Rumpus police show up and make me take down all their branding and direct quotes):
…you have to have something big in your life that you do for free. If it’s something like a book, and you try to get paid for it when it’s done, there’s nothing wrong with that of course. You should. But you have to be doing something creative that is not about money at all, even if it happens to make you money later. Otherwise you’ll always be angry.
Truer words have not been heard by me for sometime. (like really, truly deep-in-your-gut heard)
I’m going to own up. I’m angry right now because I am not totally ecstatic about my new job. Previously, I was working for a mindfuck who liked to make everyone feel as shitty and empty as he was. (Judge much, Josey?)
Now I work for a really great person.
…at a company where the culture–I am quickly learning–is scramble, scramble, scramble and act really busy by being really busy with inconsequential tasks.
I’ve read too many books focusing on the your-life-is-bigger-than-bullshit-work theme (see last post) to fall victim to ineffective and soul-sucking company cultures.
Shewwwww, that felt good. I was being so happy-go-fuck-yourself about my new job that I forgot how good it feels to be slap-me-across-the-face honest.
Speaking of honest, that’s going to be my “something big in my life that I do for free.” I’m going to be fucking honest from now on, right here. Starting with number 10 from this list. I may even start later tonight. Don’t worry, I’ll do my best to wait until after midnight to post again so as not to be one of those compulsive three-times-a-day-bloggers.