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.