“Embrace the 10x factor. That is, ask the question, ‘What would we do differently if we were trying to increase revenue 10x instead of by 10%?”
“Keep your head down. Follow the rules. Do as you’re told. Play it safe. Wait your turn. Ask permission. Learn to compromise. This is terrible advice.”
“The report did not list causes for the decline. But it cited possible factors including increased access to entertainment and social media, a decline in happiness among people age 30 and over, higher incidence of depression, and use of antidepressants associated with sexual dysfunction.”
“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.”