David Lowry, a songwriter, has a very thoughtful counter take on OpenAI, the hot new AI thing in Silicon Valley that will apparently get a $10 billion investment from Microsoft. Lowry brings up powerful and valid points, and I urge you to read them. (Additionally, Tom Krazit explains why Microsoft has to pay the premium.)
A very happy rainy, soggy hump day! Let’s start by wishing my friend, Matt Mullenweg, a very happy birthday! It is amazing to see someone you met as a teenager turn into a man and a titan.
The New Yorker recently wrote about the quiet quitting.
Quiet quitting is not a life philosophy or policy proposal that needs logical scrutiny. It’s also not a political weapon to be wielded to prove how much more woke or conservative you are than everyone else. It’s both more incoherent and essential than all of that. Figuring out how work fits into a life well lived is hard, but it’s an evolution that has to happen. Quiet quitting is the messy starting gun of a new generation embarking on this challengeThe New Yorker.
I can understand why every generation needs to go through this challenge to find work-life balance. Many of my friends (of all age groups) talk about this balance, but somehow I don’t seem quite to understand their quandary. I am not a callous person, so what is it? Why don’t I understand the concept of work-life balance?
The answer came to me when I stumbled upon this gem hiding in the archives. The proverbial lightbulb went off. Not everyone on the planet has the opportunity and the option to do what they love. Most of us work on things we don’t care about but have to because that’s what humans have to do.
So perhaps when you find something you love, which happens to be your work, embrace your good fortune. Writing is my work, but it is also my life. Every so often, I need a smack on the back of my head to remind myself of what I have!
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”― Steve Jobs
January 11, 2022. San Francisco