We take everything for granted.
How dare we.
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We take everything for granted.
How dare we.
She thought I’d be bored. She tried telling me my workload would be the same every day. I suppose she wanted me to agree.
I didn’t yield from my passion for the job.
I had already met with the chief of staff and the deputy chief of staff. Meg was a project manager and part of the executive secretariat in the Governor’s economic development office. I knew the three of them would later talk about me before any recommendation to the Secretary himself.
“But it is not mundane, Meg!” I said during that 2004 interview. “This would be my first job in state government. There would be something different every day. I will schedule new appointments, I will meet new people, I will write new letters, I will interact with coworkers about new initiatives. It won’t be boring. It will be exciting!”
A few weeks later I was asked to meet with the Secretary. We talked about tech and the fledgling web more than the job itself. Camaraderie and mutual respect established, he offered me the job.
I’ve been thinking this week about that series of interviews. That state job set the stage for subsequent roles working in local government and as an elected city councilor. As I now campaign for State Rep, I am once again animated about the prospect of returning to Beacon Hill — as an elected representative. Similar to Meg asking me questions why I wanted the job, I am now answering questions from the people of this district. I am sharing my background and passions and explaining why I want the job.
The uncertainty of who I will meet every day, what people will say to me, how many angles of perspective I will hear — excites me.
Some people thrive in controlled systems and enjoy routine.
I prefer ending thoughts with trailing ellipses and picking things up later…
I challenge you to innovate.
Anything is possible.
For instance, how often do you see swinging desks?
Cheers to WeWork Boston for showing this on their website. I am now inspired to tour their coworking facility to experience the desk up close!
This is a short story about a man and a job. It’s about saying goodbye to cubicles and commutes and saying hello to living your own life.
Before I share it, I want to say this blog post is about me. It’s my story.
As backdrop, here’s a primer I wrote in February 2013 on deciding to leave self-employment.
That never happened.
I tried. I was hired by three companies last year — two for full-time work, one for part-time. One lasted a week, the other two each lasted six months. The contract ended for one and I quit the other.
I return to Joshua’s picture.
When I began working for myself in 2008, I consulted. I helped small business owners, large business managers, nonprofit directors, and anyone in between with social media. Maybe they wanted help understanding Twitter or building a Facebook page or designing a blog or starting on LinkedIn. I did it all.
I later taught digital marketing workshops on those specific topics to individuals and small groups. I found my calling as a teacher. Over the past 2-3 years, I developed syllabi and curricula and led digital marketing courses to over 100 students aged 18 to 78. I was an instructor at two community colleges and an adjunct professor at two private colleges.
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. –Steve Jobs
— Kim Garst ? (@kimgarst) May 7, 2014
I enjoy teaching and I’m actively scouting opportunities. I’m open to colleges and universities and am beginning to meet with instructors and deans for adjunct assignments.
I’m also scheduling 1-on-1 trainings with micro/small business owners to teach them the fundamentals of Facebook and LinkedIn. I’m noticing most so-called Main Street business owners aren’t there or don’t understand it. And they’re starting to tell their peers about me and my easy way of explaining what everything is and why it’s important.
I’m working half-time as project manager for a nonprofit organization involved in historic preservation. Inclusive of social media, the role is more than that. I’m writing, performing research and visiting places, and even creating a geocaching adventure.
It’s my hope that teaching and training in Facebook/LinkedIn will comprise the rest of my time.
I like Joshua’s pictures. Here’s a link to his blog on minimalism.
I really don’t want a full-time job in marketing or communications or media or those other subjects I blogged about in the past. I don’t want the cubicle. I don’t want the commute. I do want a sustainable future but I feel I can accomplish that with my objectives without giving in to The Man. Maybe I’ll feel differently later but I don’t think so. My mother continues to worry but I am trying to live my own life — and I am trying my hardest to make a difference.
People are noticing. I was recently flown to Syracuse University to speak to students about digital marketing best practices. And, next week, I’m on the agenda at a social media conference at UMass Boston.
Post Script: I am also campaigning for State Representative. This is an elected role and it is a full-time job. Most State Reps have side businesses in law or medicine or education or consulting. I would continue to teach/train when not legislating. It’s part of who I am and what I like to do.
Please visit my campaign website and click around. If you feel inspired to help me buy literature and materials so I can win, contribute something? The link is there. Thanks kindly.
There is nothing to see.
There is nothing to discover.
There is nothing to become proficient in.
There is nothing to be taught.
There is nothing to get the hang of.
There is nothing to bone up on.
There is nothing to memorize.
There is nothing to absorb.
There is nothing to be informed about.
There is nothing to find out.
There is nothing to ascertain.
There is nothing to understand.
There is nothing to get wind of.
There is nothing to get wise to.
There is nothing to suss out.
There is nothing to learn.
There is nothing to read.
There is nothing to comment on.
There is nothing to read here.
I want to create something for the first 10 people who comment on my blog with 1) a brief introduction of who you are and 2) a simple line of, “YES, I want in.”
Sharing this blog post, tweeting me, etc is not enough of a commitment. You’re welcome to do so but you won’t get anything beyond a smile.
The rules are simple: I must make you something original and you must receive it before the end of 2014.
It can be anything creative: a drawing or a conceptual work of art, for instance. Maybe I’ll audit your website for free. It’s been confirmed that homemade cookies can also be creative.
Ensure your email address when commenting is correct because I will then email you to get your mailing address. U.S. addresses only, please, so I can save on shipping costs.
P.S. Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day. I hope you consider paying it forward (or backward) too.