Category: Negotium

I Am Not (Only) a Tool

Black claw hammer on brown wooden plank with various nails

A hammer exists to hammer things. When it’s not being used, it just sits there, available for someone to pick it up. To the extent anyone gives it a second thought at all, a hammer is generally viewed through the perspective of how well it performs a limited set of functions. If a hammer has an “off day,” it gets replaced. No one cares about how a hammer feels.

Becoming Like Water

Teapot pouring hot water into a cup

It used to annoy me endlessly to receive a work assignment during evenings or weekends. Often, as I was working, I would daydream about a hypothetical future where I had quit my job and off-hour obligations were a thing of the past. But, after the past weekend where I had unexpected work calls and emails throughout, I realize I’ve entered a new phase of my career and perspective on life, for better or worse.

Avoiding Going the Wrong Way

Wrong Way Sign

I recently received an email from someone looking to hire the head attorney for an early-stage company. Normally, I wouldn’t give headhunter emails much thought, but this email came from the experienced CEO of a fast-growing startup that’s backed by an impressive list of investors. I ended up politely declining the job opportunity, but it prompted a thought exercise to help clarify the direction I want to move toward.

Below the Surface

Frog lies below the surface of water

When I started this blog, I often actively thought about quitting my job, although I continue to put off acting on that urge. However, occasionally — like now — the urge to quit subsides. Like the sun when it’s hidden behind clouds or a creature who lies below the surface of water, the desire to quit is still there, even if it’s not totally visible or I don’t feel its presence as strongly.

Should I Quit Now or Later?

Woman confidently walks down an office hallway, holding a box with her belongings, after she quits

These days, I often think about how much longer I should (and can) stay at my current job. Staying would certainly help my goal of pursuing otium and financial independence. But at what cost? Is financial independence worth sticking it out for a few more years, or should I embrace the unknown, to pursue my best life sooner?