First, the inspiring ones:
- Both Cal Newport and Laura Vanderkam wrote posts about not getting so busy that you can't do high impact work. Cal noticed while he was in school that the more important a professor's work was, the more comfortable that professor was with taking time off, and points out that busyness != creating actual value. Laura has the similar observation that sometimes, the most productive thing you can do is take the time to think.
- I found this quote from Ira Glass about creating things via @bluemilk's twitter feed.
- I found this quote about claiming time to work as a mother from the comment's section on FeMOMhist's excellent post about splitting parenting with your partner.
- I really liked this old post of Scalzi's about his response to being laid off. Now, in most practical regards, my response to being laid off (it has happened to me twice now- and I've written about the most recent time and my response to the first time I witnessed lay offs) has been completely different. But I agree with him 100% about taking control of your life and about how lay offs can often inspire you to look around and find a better work situation
First of all, I completely disagree with him about velcro. That was an awesome invention, and my husband tells me it is taught as an example at engineering school. I think he is suffering from a bias against practical innovations in favor of theoretical advances. In truth, the world needs both.
I'm also not sure what to make of his assertion that you don't want to let your family stand in the way of your success. I like the line about not treating your spouse and children as jailers- but what solution is he advocating? Not having a family? Reaching for "it all"? Being a crappy spouse/parent so you can focus on your career? It is unclear. He should have talked less about how he is not a child-hater and more about what he actually meant here, I think.
Personally, I am not just aiming for a great career. I am aiming for a great life. And for me, the components of a great life include family and career. I think that neither having a great career nor being a great parent are all-consuming pursuits. In fact, for me, I would do worse as a parent and worse at my career if I tried to make either of these things all-consuming. So maybe I agree with him- but it isn't clear if this is also what he is arguing.
And, also courtesy of my husband, The Real Housewives of Disney isn't inspiring at all but made me laugh.
And finally, the discussion of giftedness, etc., in the comments section of my last post may well be more worthwhile than the post itself... go check it out if you find the topic at all interesting.