No matter – tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
We recently sat down and watched The Great Gatsby this past weekend. Although I can say that I wasn’t really mature enough nor did I have enough focus to actually finish the book during my middle school years (SparkNotes baby!), I truly enjoyed it. Obviously, the quality of the writing and plot line have proved themselves time and time again as the book is constantly used as recommended reading and consistently appears in “Top 100” rankings.
However, the quote above really struck me as odd. It came from Gatsby himself during the movie and seemed to accurately portray the human struggle of achievement.
Put in a good solid workday today, but don’t worry, there’s always tomorrow to try harder.
Is this the case? Probably far too often.
A few weeks back, John Saddington released the much anticipated photo sharing app Pressgram. I’ve been following the app since the idea was first introduced and eagerly waiting for a chance to test it out. I’ve had a chance to give it a whirl and have been extremely impressed so far.
The idea for Pressgram was initially born out of John’s love for creative control and ownership. Unlike other photo sharing applications like Instragram and social sharing applications like Facebook, Pressgram allows you to publish your photos to your own platform rather than contributing to their mess. This tends to make sense. Facebook and Instagram both rely on your content to monetize their site. If you weren’t posting information and driving your friends to the site to read about your life, Facebook wouldn’t have much of a business model.
“And the second rule of the Haunted Tunnel Tour,” the cowboy, his whiskey smell says, “is you don’t talk about the Haunted Tunnel Tour….
The rope, the feeling of braided fibers, is twisted hard and greasy smooth in my hand. And still stopped, pulling back on the rope, I tell him: Hey…
From the dark, the cowboy says, “Hey, what?”
I say, I wrote that book. 1
When Chuck Palahniuk started out to write Fight Club, he had absolutely no idea what kind of movement he was creating at the time.
The story, which was originally written during a bored afternoon at work to pass the time, has morphed over the years taken from the original text and turned into a movie – a movie which further convoluted the idea Palahniuk was trying to get across.
Last month, I cashed paychecks from six different entities.
While the total sum of all of those outlets isn’t anything to write home about (so don’t hit me up for money please), I’m very happy that the income was so diversified. Here’s a breakdown of the income according to type of work:
- 70% of it came from my full-time gig
- 16% came from various freelance writing gigs
- 8% of it came from miscellaneous tasks like freelance editing, ghostwriting, and blog support
- 8% came from teaching various group fitness classes
Oh, not included in that total sum is the $20 I made last month from making breakfast for coworkers (yes, my breakfast is that good).
I’ve long been a big fan of wearing multiple hats in your work. While previously, I thought that extra work outside of my main job would take away from my performance, I’ve actually found quite the opposite. The freelance work on the side gives my mind a much-needed break from the day-to-day grind. The extra income also provides me with some peace of mind regarding financial security.
I often get asked by friends and coworkers about blogging.
Why should I start a blog?
What could I possibly have to say that’s any different from what is already out there?
Who would really want to read my stuff?
Although these questions are warranted (and the thought of starting a blog can be quite intimidating), the answers probably aren’t as magical as you would think. Actually, the answers are rather simple and straightforward. The truth is that what you say on your blog might not be that different from what else is out there. Your ideas might not be original. You probably won’t have many readers when you start out. Hell, you might not have over 100 readers on any particular day throughout the entire duration of your blog. But, that’s okay.
These questions miss out on one particular point – other readers don’t necessarily matter.
“What do you do?”
I heard the question and then, paused for a moment trying to figure out the best way to answer. Even though I spend the bulk of each week “doing”, trying to boil everything down into a specific title proved to be exceptionally difficult.
The question is rather common – particularly during holiday times or when visiting relatives as everyone is eager to catch up. In some career fields, the answer is rather straightforward – an optometrist or chemical engineer doesn’t really require any additional explanation.
This particular occasion was the first time I was seeing many of my family members since making the switch from full-time personal training into a variety of other interests and avenues. Typically, I say that I work in Digital Advertising, but the truth of the matter is that I wear multiple hats. I also do quite a bit of freelance writing, editing, and website maintenance. On the side, I also teach some fitness classes and am constantly exploring other avenues to pick up additional projects.
Fitting all of that into one particular title is difficult at best.