Archive for September, 2010

Discarding Habits

September 2, 2010

   It’s harder for an older person like myself, but it’s not ever easy for anybody.  But it is necessary in today’s world to re-shape your life if you’re looking for a successful career.  That means cutting back, or discarding, actually, some of the things you really like to do but which take too much time away from establishing a professional foundation for the future.

   For instance.  I had the day off from work today; personal business.  Still, it left many hours free.  I could have used that time to work on IG‘s new campaign.  Uh-uh.  A hot movie, Inception, was still playing, and it’s the kind of thing that needs the B-I-G screen.  It was just too tempting, so I went.  I’m glad I did.  It’s what used to be called a “head trip” movie.  Barely coherent, but you can’t take your eyes off it.  Then I went to the library.  Took out an old Don DeLillo (Players) and a book on Nietzsche’s political philosophy.  The weird thing is, I was reading the Nietzsche book at a Cosi, with my latte, when my cell vibrated: it was a sales rep from a software company returning my call from yesterday.  I was totally blank for a moment, but managed to stammer some kind of a response that, I hope, sustains the illusion that I am not a fruitcake.

   That was too close a call.  In today’s work environment, I’ve learned, along with many of you, I suspect, that you’d better be connected at all times, everywhere, in case that precious opportunity leaps out at you, with no advance warning!

   I managed to squeak through this time, but what about the next one?  Can I afford to indulge myself — the movies, the latte — and still feel fully prepared for business activities?  I still haven’t decided.

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