This is so true. Seth Godin points at a valuable and necessarily discreet skill:
“”I’ll take care of it,” and I’ll do it well, at least as well as you can, for a price that won’t make you feel stupid. “I’ll take care of it,” and I won’t come back to you when things go sideways, I won’t ask for a bigger budget or more time, either.”
How many careers and business models have been build on being a safe pair of hands, a reliable resource, a go-to-person, a fixer?
Read the rest, here. And ponder.
Sage advice from Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows, amongst other books:
“I thought I might be able to start publishing long books of computer-generated gibberish and then use Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service to pay Third World readers to scroll through the pages at a pace that would register each page as having been read. If I could pay the Turkers a fraction of a penny less to look at a page than Amazon paid me for the “read” page, I’d be able to get really rich and launch my own space exploration company.”
The rest of the cunning plan, and more considered advice, here.
Definitely worth a read and a ponder. Definitely no tongues in cheeks here.
Cultural Offering offers a checklist for a perfect weekend…
- Go outside
- Smell charcoal burning.
- Read. Books. Magazines. Long articles. Short stories.
- Stare at nature.
Sounds idyllic. Read the rest, here.
Here’s a comforting and inspiring thought from Patrick Rhone’s analogue writing blog, The Cramped:
“even one of literature’s great writers and thinkers struggled to keep a journal, questioned the entire idea of it, did so only in fits and starts, but kept at it all the same.”
The rest, here.
This is not Patrick Rhone