Today is a a very mature topic. I will be writing about work and later you will be reading it. And possibly, I can get some feedback from you on this.
I read an article in a German weekly magazine, called “DER SPIEGEL” about a woman who was apparently on a steep career trajectory. Money, opportunities, professional challenges and growth opportunities opposed by sacrifices and long hours. All of a sudden she stopped and exited the hamster wheel. Sold her possessions, bought an old van and travelled for a year through Europe – she called it decelerating her life.
I give her a lot of respect for her choice and her courage. And I seen other and been myself in situations (even though short) where work was just a drag. But I have also been in situations where I experienced that work was anything but toil, where I couldn’t wait for the next day to come. Right now I am in such a position. I switched a while ago from research and development in high tech not the toy industry, which moves at a considerably slower pace. From a technology and engineering aspect it is less challenging – no finite element analysis, no servo control systems, no vibration issues, not sub-micron performance budgets. But, I love it anyway. I love what i am doing. In my previous careers I was always excited about the technology, not so much about the products. Nw I am excited about products and the customer’s immediate reaction to my products. Children are not diplomatic. They love a toy they fall asleep with it at night. They are not interested, the toy is in some forlorn corner under the bed 12 seconds after unwrapping.
What I am doing are 2 Euro Wonders (an exaggeration, since they are actually and unfortunately less than 2 Euros) – Toy Cars. Ad they bring a smile to pretty much any boy from 3years old and up.
The images you just saw are of our refrigerator door with my cars in spice cups – Barbara cam up with that But I was able to convince her that toy cars make great decorations in the “adult living quarters”. See that’s what I mean. I f word were toil, hard and suck me dry, I sure as hell wouldn’t bring it home, but I do, because I make toy cars. Barbara being the home deco goddess she is, came up even with a toy car collage, repurposing one of my picture frames.
She hung Porsche 911 GT3RS (Type 997) in all the colors we make them in from fishing line. Think Helmut Newton’s famous 1980s picture of the four naked models walking towards the camera in high heels. I look at this frame overtime I sit in my office and it just makes me smile.
When I started working as an engineer, I had a senior engineer who mentored me a bit and his advice to me was: “Snoop around of a year and find something you are really interested in, something you feel passionate about. If you just work, it can be a long day everyday. Since you are already here everyday, you might as well find something to do you enjoy everyday.” No mention of toil, slavery, hard and tough. Work can be fun and I think it should be fun. I can’t imagine it any other way.
Now admit the things you are passionate about and then pursue them like you pursued your first real big love.
Cheers Markus \m/