Today I want to talk about work. We all do it. But what’s healthy? That definition varies a lot from culture to culture.
I think the relationship between most people and their job is parasitic in nature. As we don’t think enough about the organism as a whole. An organization rather. We dedicate so much of our lives to a system that will exist without us.
Of course, it’s important that you love what you do. That helps the relationship take a more symbiotic state. But even so, it’s easy to be consumed by your work. You only have one life, so it’s important that you diversify. Putting all of your time into work leaves no time for anything else. Most of us act like we have no choice in the matter. But that’s untrue. We just seem to place this external label, like it’s somehow out of our control. It’s your own responsibility to maintain this delicate balance. All things in excess can be bad. By no means am I saying not to work hard either. You’ll have to to achieve anything great. The key is temperance. Moderation.
This toxic mentality is reflected in our workplace culture throughout the country. We’re all just accepting the 60+ hour work weeks. Because that’s just “how it is.” But that doesn’t have to be the case. Look at countries across the world. Not everyone adopts the same workplace model. Some of our strongest companies understand that flexibility is key. It’s the duty of management to make the lives of the employees better. To care about them. I’m glad to see that the archaic management styles of the 70’s and 80’s are finally losing relevancy. I can only hope that millennials learn from the mistakes of our past.
Happy employees do the best work. It’s quite simple and that has nothing to do with hours worked. When employees are allowed to live the lives they choose for themselves, their happiness takes shape in everything that they do. So often we sell ourselves on this dream. Constant chasing. To have the next best thing, to have more than we do now. But rarely do we ever stop to appreciate what we have today. This gives us time to truly enjoy our experiences as opposed to feeling like a cog in a soulless machine.
If there’s anything to take away from this rambling, it’s better to fail at being yourself than it is to succeed at a life that’s not your own. Live for yourselves.
It’s been a while since my last update. I’ve spent the past few months sorting out a plan to move forward. Videos have slowed to a halt, but I have been streaming with the others on Twitch every Sunday for the past few months. I’ve started work on my first LP album, The Happiness Constant. I expect to release it later this year. I’ll get back to posting videos soon enough. The vision I have for A World Without Gods is a content network and online community. I want to share ideas and inspire others, so I’m building a place where everyone can do what inspires them, focus on creating, and be their best selves. The team has come together nicely. It’s just a matter of time now.
The harder part for me is building some income outside of my work at the university. I’ve launched a website for personalized guitar lessons called Summit Guitar. I have some other ideas that I’m tossing around as well. I’m also building my own website for music related work. Mixing, Songwriting, Producing, that sort of stuff. I just need to get my name out there more and start finding jobs.
A pretty exciting landmark. I’ve formed an LLC, created a logo, and have put together a plan for all of these projects.
I’m going to try to do better with keeping up on blog updates. There should be some new content here in the near future, so keep an eye out!
I’ve been spending a lot of my free time lately trying to develop a process. I don’t use social media much in my personal life, but it’s essentially necessary for gaining any kind of relevancy this day and age. Which I don’t particularly mind.
I have a pretty good idea of how I’m going to approach things, but now it’s a matter of following through. I learn a lot through experience. So I’ll just need to start doing it and figure it out as I go. I’m wearing a lot of hats right now. I’m trying not to spread myself thin. All of the necessary upkeep gets in the way of my creative process, so I need to find a balance.
Spent the past few months dealing with life shit and getting back on my feet. So far so good. Made a new friend, I’m teaching him to play drums. In time he will be joining me on my creative ventures. I’d gladly drag everyone I know into the wonderful world of art, but it’s not for everyone. Put up my first video! Vocals are a bit weak, but I’m pretty happy with how the instrumentation turned out. Have the audio work done for the second one, but I’m focused on building some assets for the videos and whatnot this week, so delaying the release a little bit for that.