I’ve never been one to fight losing battles at work. Even when I was younger, I wasn’t a corporate martyr. If my manager told me to do something, I generally did it. Afterall, if I was still going to get paid at the end of the day then it didn’t make sense to kick up a fuss over some perceived slight or indiscretion. It wasn’t going to make me any more money.
As I’ve got older, this mindset has hardened. A job is a job is a job. Sometimes it makes sense to fight your corner. If your manager is asking you to do something that would require you to work a 60 hour week and come in on the weekends then sure, it’s worth fighting over. Because that’s time that’s being taken away from you. At the end of the day, when we’re dead, time is all we had.
Recently, I’ve felt more and more anger towards the “follow your passion” brand of marketing. I feel like I’ve been lied to every day since I graduated. Passion doesn’t pay the bills, and the bills pile up if you’re trying to pay in passion.
That’s not to say you shouldn’t work on something you enjoy. Or that work shouldn’t provide you with satisfaction. Just be realistic. And if you’re working on something outside of work, keep it light. It doesn’t need to kill you. Spotify’s Tobias van Schnieder has a good point about side projects and keeping them fun.
“The only way a side project will work is if people give themselves permission to think simple, to change their minds, to fail — basically, to not take them too seriously,” says van Schneider. “When you treat something like it’s stupid, you have fun with it, you don’t put too much structure around it. You can enjoy different types of success.”
So have fun. Have a good weekend. Rant over.
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