Running a business with multiple moving parts is different to being a craftsperson, artist, sole trader responsible for only yourself. Although your craft is the reason the business exists, it often can become a victim to the demands of the business. Abstract elements such as staff management, marketing, sales, accounts and so on, become more important that the work itself.
Welcome to The Daily Article archive. Here’s where you’ll find previous issues of The Daily Article where I share my thoughts on life, work and the pursuit of happiness. Topics I regularly write on include the psychology of creativity and human behaviour, the nature of work, small business and society & culture. If you enjoy Sunday Letters you’ll enjoy these short daily writings.
I’ve got an office/workspace at the bottom of our small garden. It’s a converted shed. Last summer, twelve months, I cleared it out, and in a couple of weeks had my own private space for work. It’s a Godsend. Here I can work uninterrupted, blinkered for hours on end. The only sound is the hum […]
On the edge, just inside the edge, there is the mainstream media–a glut of data–fabricated, manipulated, molded, spun. It’s where most people get their information. It’s the nature of surface level reality, but rather than thinking of this information distribution as a two-dimensional circle, consider it a sphere. Particles, waves, wavicles in constant motion, combining, separating, mutating. It’s not ours, we inherit it, then adopt and contribute to it.
We can get into a rut when things don’t work out. You know, we try something we think we might do for a living and it turns out, for whatever reason, that people just aren’t biting. There’s no traction, you doubt yourself; you feel you’re wasting your time.
Six years ago, at 40, I realised I needed a change. I didn’t know what that would look like, but I couldn’t deny my circumstances. I tried several new things many of which didn’t stick, but I picked up valuable skills in the process. Nothing was wasted.
We don’t know how to use our hands and our bodies any more. We can’t make things, practical things. We don’t know how to grow food, to fix a roof, or build a wall. Some of us do, but many of us don’t. A return to making things by hand could be a route to that change, greater meaning and purpose, and a happier life.
We’re all going to leave this place. There’s nobody getting out alive, therefore, we have no option if we are to be happy in our work or any place else. So get into it, put the head down and the blinkers on…