I read an article by Eric Karjaluoto called ‘So, You Want a Creative Job?’ today. This quote struck a chord with me:
“My job at the time involved an incredibly simple transaction: I traded my time for a set hourly wage. They asked nothing more.
Turns out, this was a big problem. I didn’t want to put in only the minimum required hours, nor, did I feel the need to vacate my chair at the exact moment the buzzer rang. I was looking to turn the position into something bigger. I wanted to get my hands dirty and make things; to learn everything I could; to imagine how we could make that place the very best it could be. I wanted to feel like I was a part of something.
But that, generally, isn’t how jobs work. I was a simple cog, and they don’t ask cogs to do bigger things.”