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Working for tomorrow, luckily
These days, it's all about networking, sustaining social connection, doing favours and generally working to be a good egg on the general principle that (a) it's nice to help people, and (b) when you're in need someone out there will help you. It's always been this way, but the web has intensified the opportunity just as employment instability has intensified the need.
I've always worked like this and have been fortunate enough to stay
employed in doing things I quite like doing.
Oh yes, and wrote this blog in preparation for later publication. I've also ignored an open book on a web development system I'm investigating (Drupal), avoided chopping down part of a hedge that collapsed in the recent snows, agreed with my wife that there's a bit of a kitchen cabinet that needs screwing back, and not written anything on the next book I'm planning (Changing Minds: In Practice).
Phew. I'm not moaning here, by the way. It's all voluntary and I enjoy much of it (though sometimes it does get a tad tiring). What it does say, though, is that life is non-stop and success isn't free. It's been said that 'the harder you work, the luckier you get' and, by and large, I feel reasonably lucky.
I know what you mean! I've been spending this weekend, also unremarkably,
doing volunteer work for an organisation I'm responsible for (we supply computer
software to charities, at-cost): but aside from the warm fuzzy feeling that
altruism brings, there's a closer-to-home benefit in here, too: my work on this
project for the last seven years or so has opened a number of doors for me in my
vocational, voluntary, and social life that I might not otherwise have had (as
well as giving me a huge network of contacts, and we all know how valuable
networking can be).
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