Work at It!

World War II poster from the U.S. Office for Emergency Management War Production Board. In public domain.

On Twitter today I stumbled across this interesting observation

I think that’s quite become the case these days.

If you enjoy a sport you get asked about training regimes, leagues, teams, affiliations with athletes etc.

If you enjoy creating art you get asked about gallery placements, sales, your influences, the location of your atelier or warehouse workspace.

If you enjoy writing you get asked about where you’ve published, what other authors you know, the breadth of your audience, personal appearances, how many copies you sell, who’s your agent or publisher.

If you enjoy dancing you get asked who your dance teacher is, where you’ve performed, do you belong to a dance troupe, where you buy your dance clothes

If you enjoy computers you get asked if you are a consultant or hacker, do you work for some big computer company, do you give classes to people, can you fix someone else’s computer issues

If you enjoy cooking you get asked what chefs you follow, what cooking magazines you read, where you took classes, do you plan to open a restaurant

If you enjoy yoga you get asked when you’re going to take teacher training, how many workshops by professionals you’ve taken, how many trips to India you’ve had, if you can speak Sanskrit

If you enjoy watching movies you’re asked where you put your reviews, how many readers you have for them, if you have any future hope of getting into the film industry in some capacity

If you enjoy building things you are asked if you plan to sell them somewhere, how much you hope to make and if you intend to make a job of it

If you enjoy learning you get asked if you are a teacher or professor, where did you get your degrees, why you don’t write about what you know for some publication

Now one must now be fully committed to any stated enjoyment. One must be dedicated, passionate, relentless. It must fill every waking moment. It must also have a future. You must state where you plan to take this enjoyment, what it’s measurable outcomes might be.

You must work at your enjoyment. Toil and sweat to make it everything it should be. You must also then prove it by way of statistics, quantification.  Anything else is suspect somehow.

If it cannot be measured by way of commodification, that is how much you spend in terms of time, energy and money doing it and how much you make in return then it’s deemed worthless. It must be profitable in every conceivable way

If there’s no immediate obvious return on your investment of your time you’re deemed lazy, incompetent or in need of a “life coach”, urged to give it up for something with more tangible gains.

Pleasure and enjoyment have become a full time job.


WWII US Work Projects Administration (WPA) poster.

One comment on “Work at It!

  1. Good thought. That’s how it is. You only forgot one thing: If you enjoy sitting relaxed at a nice place, just letting things come and go for some time without making much fuss about them, you’re asked how long you meditate each day, which buddhist brand is yours, what gurus taught you how to do it and what you think about rebirth, karma, the dalai lama and the final liberation of all sentient beings from suffering.

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