turning down the volume…


Recently I did  something dramatic: I got rid of my Blackberry, and I started leaving my computer at the office.

So now I am without (GASP!) Internet access 12-16 hours a day!

The “Always-On Culture” had been feeling oppressive for a while now. Finally I decided to do something about it. Basta.

The biggest benefit so far is; I’m drawing a hell of a lot more. This is, after all, what I get paid to do, and what I’ll be remembered for. Nobody will ever care how many Twitter followers I had or how SEO-optimized my blog was.

The Internet liberates us from so much; it’s our duty not to become again enslaved by something else.

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Hugh MacLeod is a genius.  Genius.

Seth Godin
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His work acknowledges the absurdity of workaday life, while also encouraging employees to respond with passion, creativity, and non-conformity...   MacLeod’s work is undeniably an improvement over the office schlock of yore. At its best, it’s more honest, and more cognizant of the entrepreneurial psyche, while still retaining some idealism.

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In moments of indecision I glance at the wall [to Hugh's work] for guidance.

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