Monday, December 04, 2006

The Work Manifesto

Again, more brilliance by way of www.gapingvoid.com - Thanks Hugh!

The Work Manifesto by Pamela Slim, Escape from Cubicle Nation
1. Work is your real life. It is the way you translate your feelings, your thoughts, your hopes and your desires into something valuable, tangible and useful every day. You can choose to make work into a dreaded, necessary evil that you can't wait to finish so that you can get busy with your "real life." Why not just do work you love?
2. Good work will improve your sex life. Frustrated employees desperately long for excitement and release in the form of fantasy football, internet surfing, porn, and the affections of their stressed and overworked spouses. No superhero could fill the gigantic void of a passionless man or woman in a 15-minute tryst in bed. Express your passion through your work every day, all day, and find that you will be less needy, more attentive, open, giving and loving to your partner. Which makes for better sex.
3. Your secret desire holds the clue to your best work. You say that you would love to do meaningful work, but don't know how to find it. What is your secret desire? What idea are you a little embarrassed to share with someone because it is so delicate or bold or crazy or exciting? You often claim to not know what you want to do, but in fact censor yourself from what you know you want for fear of appearing ridiculous.
4. You can't fool your kids. Many of you claim passionless, dull and frustrating careers with the excuse that you must provide for your family. Providing for your family is noble; using it as an excuse to hide from your own greatness is a bad example for your kids. If you want them to grow up motivated, creative, free and enterprising, be that yourself. They are watching and emulating your every move.
5. Fear is the great inhibitor. All of the excuses that you find for not doing work you love have solutions. You do not enact them because you are afraid: of showing up too big in the world; of failing; of appearing as an imposter; of living in poverty. There is nothing wrong with fear. Feel it, talk to it, examine it and walk with it. Then step out and let yourself show up, warts and all. It will liberate you.
6. Owning is better than renting. While you may feel "safer" renting out your skills for a paycheck and benefits, you often sell all your energy this way and have nothing left at the end of the day. If you don't get what you need in this employment arrangement in terms of money, recognition, power or responsibility, you feel angry and frustrated. Own the means of production and the factory, and at least your glorious disasters will be your disasters. Accountability breeds passion and desire.

Go Pamela!

3 comments:

theresa said...

I've been pondering some of these very same ideas. Very well stated and inspiring.
Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

... Andy you do have interesting views I will give you that. :-)

SeaRabbit said...

Hummm... Scuse me for my own bomb... but I think at only people who have already succeed in their shit can write stuff like that...
No... work isn't my real life... I'm sorry... but some jobs are more lethal than other for creativity... and, I'm not into the worst of them... Think about the poor guy working 60 hours/week screwing the same fucking nut on a car chain... and tell him to express some passion for his job... Good luck!!!
Owning... yes, I agree with that... but, no, it is not every one who have the side skill to sale themself... and if you keep doing something very good and creative and keep doing it passionately but keep telling your clients to go shit when they give you details about "they" want.. you are not gonna go far...
Work... is always for another... and to make a living out of it...
Passion is for you and you alone... no matter if it is recognised or not... That is what is yours... that is what keep you alive... what you create at your own taste and rythm... without compromissing to anyone... and, over all.. not waiting for it to put bread on your table... Yes... they are two different state... at least for me...