Perseverance and Stupidity

Perseverance and Stupidity

I’ve been listening to a friend talk about his dealings with a lady he works with. It’s been an ongoing conversation. I don’t know her. I only see her situation from what he’s told me. The Situation from my Eyes Beginning this year, let’s call her Susie (not to protect her, I just honestly can’t […]

Do not be Stationary

Do Not Be Stationary

Go I’m never sure what to say when someone asks the very simple question, “Where are you from?” My life has been quite mobile, so sometimes I will randomly choose a place I have lived. Sometimes I will change the subject. Most often I say, “oh, all over.” Usually the response to that is, “military […]

Motivation for Art and Life

Motivation for Art and Life

It’s Terrifying To require perfection is to invite paralysis. The pattern is predictable: as you see error in what you have done, you steer your work toward what you imagine you can do perfectly. You cling ever more tightly to what you already know you can do – away from risk and exploration, and possibly […]

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.