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

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

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Beleaguered Servant

Owen Servant is an online poet working in a style that's been described as "compulsive". In real life, he is an actuary, because being a poet wasn't unpopular enough.

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