What is your job?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/may/08/working-hands-happiness-burkeman

The most striking like in this post is easily the last one.

I haven’t now, nor will I ever, tell someone who wants to retain my services to piss off  because they don’t need what they want. That, my friends, is not my job.

Bob goes on to say the following…

I’ll help you pick out a front door, I’ll help you design a trellis in your backyard, and yes – I will design a 10,000 square foot house that 2 people will live in – because that is what I do. I am an architect and I design houses. (Emphasis mine. Bold line is the last one in the post)

What is your job? Your job Is what you get paid for. Now, you may have some set of lofty beliefs that underpin your reasons for doing the “work” you do, but you dont get paid for simply having your elitist ideals. You get paid for implementing them. So if you feel deeply and strongly enough about something, be good enough at it that someone will pay you their hard earned money for whatever it is that you do.

It is worth noting that a large number of people who are exceptionally successful at their “job”, “work”, or whatever you call it have a clear, fundamental thesis that fuels them and their work. The works conceptual cohesion is formed by these very things they don’t get paid a penny for believing… But at the same time without this cohesion, the very work they do (and get paid for) would fall to pieces and likely run the risk of losing focus and appearing random.

So we have two elements here: the work, and the thesis.

Work with no thesis loses focus, quality, meaning, and ultimately value. Thesis without work is not implemented, and as such has no agency for change or making profit.

I like the thesis. The reason for being. With out it I go stir crazy. For those that are lucky, line between your “work” and everything else will be blurred so much that it almost disappears. But, whatever you do, don’t get confused about how you make money. It’s not by simply holding a belief, it’s by doing…  And don’t get confused about how you “do” well. It’s by having a solid thesis.

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