meditations on (or around) business

in no other walk of life
do people take
the average, mediocre things
that others do
and call them
‘best practices’


there is little emotional difference
between what feels urgent
and what actually is important

there is a big difference
in reality, though:

the first class of things
drives us crazy, and

the second class
makes everything worthwhile


working can teach us
just how much effort
we can expend
and still not have
actually done anything


in my lifetime,
i’ve worked for small employers,
large employers,
and the national government:
so, at various times,
i’ve heard every segment
of the economy
blamed

and believed it


“find out what you love to do,
and figure out how
to get paid for it,”
is still pretty good career advice

or would be

if not for the fact
that what many people love to do
is be cruel to others


that being said,
the most truly successful people
in business
are those who love what they do
more than
any money they get from it


when you have to actually fix problems,
rather than just comment on them,
the whole world changes


in my thirty-fourth year
of predicting things for a living,
the hardest thing left to predict
is how much longer i can do this


when people compare paychecks
they have no interest in comparisons
with people who make less than they do

even though people
who make less than they do
are frequently
the majority of the world


there is almost no overlap
in understanding
between people who always
want something for nothing,
and those who
never do

but you find both types of people
anywhere you go


people hurry
off to work
every day;
often because
they wait as long as possible
before going

Author: Beleaguered Servant

Owen "Beleaguered" Servant (a/k/a Sibelius Russell) writes poetry mostly, with an occasional pause to have a seizure.

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