“Competition is good. It turns you into a killer. It helps you judge progress. It shows that other people value the space you are in. Your competitors are also your potential acquirors.”
“What does an artist do, mostly? She tweaks that which she’s already done. There are those moments when we sit before a blank page, but mostly we’re adjusting that which is already there. The writer revises, the painter touches up, the director edits, the musician overdubs.”
“Put down the phone. You don’t need to tweet or post during your adventure unless you’re a sponsored athlete whose livelihood depends on it. I promise you that no one really cares.”
“There’s the very real danger that ‘succeeding’ will take up your whole life, while the big questions go untended.” — George Saunders
Phoenix. The late 1970s.
A boy grows up in an entertainment obsessed family. Spends countless hours watching movies and TV shows with his parents, siblings, and friends.
Every career is a work in progress —forever.
Whether we switch jobs every year or stay at the same company for decades, we grapple with the results of our career decisions on a daily basis.
That can get overwhelming.
Since I’m relatively pleased with how my career has evolved, I often get asked by others for career advice. People constantly wonder whether they should stick with their job, leave for a new one, or switch career paths entirely.
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to these questions, but I’ve noticed six recurring suggestions I share with them.
“Being a stand-in is simultaneously the coolest and most frustrating job you can have in this business.”
“Neighbors have a significant impact on an employee’s performance, and it can be either positive or negative. We found that approximately 10% of a worker’s performance spills over to her neighbors.”
“Much has been said about the Democrats’ failure to reach Trump supporters, and I’d add that Trump’s demographic intersects heavily with the infomercial consumer, hence he used proven marketing techniques to reach his ‘buyers,’ a segment of the population the Democrats didn’t understand and ignored.”
“Over the course of a lifetime, just as your physical appearance changes and your cells are constantly replaced, your personality is also transformed beyond recognition.”