If you don’t like what you are doing enough…

I came across a blog post today, If you wouldn’t do your job for FREE, then QUIT that gave me some thoughts for a future blog post. It starts off quoting some parting words that a graduate heard at the commencement for Yale Law:

  • An hour of sleep before midnight is worth two, and an hour of work before noon is worth two.
  • Always pick your kids up from school. That’s when they want to talk.
  • Never let your skill exceed your virtue.
  • Never take less than two weeks off when you have a child or for your honeymoon. Don’t let them talk you down.
  • When you mess up, admit it frankly and quickly, and move on.
  • Always do your very best in your job, but if you don’t like what you’re doing enough that you would do it for free, quit.

Yea, the last one got me thinking too. I say this not because I am thinking of changing professions to be a professional hiker on the Application Trail… which I would definitely do for free… but because I do like what I am doing enough. I do my job for free sometimes for friends and family who are in desperate need of design e.g., Can you help me with my resume? Can you help me storyboard a children’s book I am writing? Can you build me a website on the cheap? Can you help me brainstorm _______?

Odd answer, but it is something that I enjoy. I don’t do it free for everyone, but those that I am closest with… I relish the opportunity.

So check out the blog post above and think about your answer.


About DaveHallmon

With experience in web, graphic, and instructional design, Dave maintains a balance between what is efficient and effective in every message. He always focuses on the why and how rather than "just doing it" to get the job done. By day he works at a leading university designing online courses that support 9,000 students in 64 countries. He works directly with faculty to brainstorm, design, and develop their online instruction utilizing the Adobe suite. He also teaches for the university as an adjunct faculty member in the area of web design. By night he is a devoted husband, father, freelancer, and adventurer of the outdoors. His other interests include LifeHacker, Science Fiction and Hayao Miyazaki movies, Settlers of Catan, and coffee with friends. He currently lives in St. Louis and has an M.S. in Instructional Design and aspires to pursue a professional degree in content marketing and strategy. Visit the links below for more information about his interests and design work.
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