Living and Working with Passion

Living and Working with Passion

I’ve seen that quote from Steve Jobs last year. You know the one. It was blaring on twitter and pinterest posts when his book came out.“…the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work; and the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

Turns out, bullshit.

THE HORROR! I can hear the iLovers in my head: How can you say that Jessica? Steve Jobs can’t be wrong! Especially when it is so inspirational! But think about it for a moment. My generation (very much including myself here) has been running around like chickens with no heads trying to find what they love to do so that they can be not just millionaires, but crazy happy millionaires who love what they do every day. The truth is that for every inspirational Steve Jobs, there are thousands of workers trying to sell their art and failing to make that their livelihood, even though it’s what they love.

Tell Them How to Feel

Tell Them How to Feel

I’ve noticed in my social media interactions that if I post a link to something without any accompanying information, such as: “Ha, this is funny!”, “I agree/disagree”, “I thought ‘enter thought here’”, and so on, and so on, I get far fewer responses. It’s as if nobody knows what to think of your post unless you tell them what to think.

Does it make us a little queasy that the poster isn’t immediately telling us their motivations? Do you think (subconsciously?) “Why did you post this link if you don’t tell me how to feel about it?” Or perhaps, and far more likely, “Why did you post this if you don’t tell me how important it is to me?”

I’m going to be more aware in my own interactions, when someone shows something to me but doesn’t tell me what to think about it.

Welcome

Hello You

I remember the first website I designed and hosted. I was thrilled when I finally entered the URL in the browser and kerplunk! There was my design. Everyone can see what I’ve done now! I thought with exhilaration. Then paused. Dread. Everyone can see what I’ve done now! It’s an odd kind of power. And […]