Why do we become addicted to our work? Why do we allow our work and employers to entrench themselves so deeply into our psyches that when we’re in the shower, we give effort to our work, we complain about work to family, and we work when we sleep? Does it fill that void otherwise filled with insecurities and self-loathing? Do we yearn for the stability that comes with employment and the fruits of our labor?
My bull-headed dash through 501 essays has taught me to eschew listless energy. I’m focused on what directly or indirectly helps my mission of becoming a professional writer. When times are bad, escape into nuances that might push along the mission. When times are good, go full-bore! The more practice, the less insecurity I’ve felt over trivialities, enabling “this” to become a natural part of my life. Writing is as subconscious for me as eating breakfast.
My big goal is writing “The Story.” The flash-bang idea started in high school and just will not go away. I could do as many might: try, fail, and shelve the idea as a quaint notion. I can’t do that! I am only stopped by my writing ability, which I know cannot yet do justice to “The Story.” Here are 5 points I refined in my process while writing “Covered in Artificialities” that might help you!
“Do you have 50 cents you could spare this afternoon?” “Yeah, sure… You hanging in there alright?” I gave him all my change, 8 cents, and one dollar more. “Thank you. Yeah, I am.” The man wearing a dirty hoodie in the dry heat walked off, looking disbelieved over money. Life in “The Story” isn’t easier than our own. John (left) had periods of teenage homelessness before being “adopted” into Trishna’s (right) life. Can we adopt everyone?
[Story 3 of 3 – Beginning]
“First, let’s stop by Linda’s.”
They wheeled the freshly-rebuilt computer over to their manager’s open door.
“Hey Linda, got a minute?”
“Sure thing, Rockstar. What’s on your mind?”
Hank leaned up against the door frame and Sammohini stepped into sight.
“This’s that computer we got your approval on. She’s gonna be ornery.”
“Sounds like it. I trust you both. Call me if you need reinforcements.”
Henry stood at attention, saluted, and they departed into battle.
[Story 2 of 3 – Beginning]
They wheeled their three found computers back from the scrap bin.
“What did you mean earlier that she wouldn’t be happy with this?”
The older technician sighed and subconsciously pushed the cart faster.
“Well, she wants a laptop instead of a desktop. Wouldn’t matter if we got her the best desktop ever, it can’t go to meetings or anything. Besides, that’d be against policy for anyone besides management. Lisa even gave up her laptop!”
How many times have you gone into work feeling great, only to leave feeling terrible? No matter how detached we think we are with our jobs – continually reminding ourselves not to concern ourselves over career trivialities – still, occasions will sneak up on us where a customer, boss, or circumstance creates a storm we just can’t endure. No matter how strong our defenses, there is always a weak point. How can we prevent professional bad days?
Týr might never become as popular as Metallica or Slayer. Not even Amon Amarth – arguably the most popular band among any of the ‘underground metal scenes’ – is likely to sell generic merchandise at your local supermarket. Should that be their (and our) measure of success? Týr is the biggest band from the Faroese Islands. That’s something! What if you’re similarly successful in your career? That’s also something! Let’s not compare our careers to The Beatles.
Týr Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]
Openers Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
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[Story 1 of 3]
“IT, this is Sam!”
“This is Brenda in Accounting. My computer keeps failing on me!”
During their phone call, Sam couldn’t determine the root cause of the issue with the ailing computer. She would need assistance from her team and dedicated time to troubleshoot the issue at the workbench.
“I’ll get a loaner laptop over to you in the meantime.”
“Great! Just haul this piece of junk away! I don’t wanna see it ever again!”
How would you handle your career’s perfect storm scenario? The technical support scenario goes like this: you have a non-urgent scheduled event, someone calls just before you leave about an urgent issue, oh and an executive has a question about something trivial. How would you handle that scenario? “Assuming I can’t ask for help from anyone, right?” “Right.[1,2]” There’s plenty to unpack to make sure you got everything, but, did you deduce the red flags?