As I’m writing this in my apartment, I can’t help but think about but think about the age old argument of the work-life blend and where exactly I fall into it. This is something that I think about a lot, as I often find myself working on projects beyond the 8-5 at a coffee shop or even at home. Often times, these projects relate to something personal, be it a blog post or checking a social media network, but make no mistake THESE ACTIONS ARE WORK. What you do online is not just a reflection of yourself but can be a reflection of your company as well. Just ask ESPN personality Bill Simmons. All of this is a part of your work-life blend.
Now if you’re not familiar with the work-life blend concept I would suggest for you to check out the WorkTalkShow.com, they discuss it there a lot. Basically it’s the debate of how you blend work & life in today’s tech world. The majority of us have smartphones where emails and notifications are coming at us all the time, no matter if we are in the office or not, so it’s important that we find the right blend to lead our lives.
The work-family blend means a lot, especially if you are a marketer. Not only are we working for others, but often we can be found working on our own personal brands. The ability to perfectly blend life and work in the 24/7 real time marketing cycle is something that I take very seriously. With notifications and emails being easily available on our smart phones, it can be sometimes be hard for us to judge when we should put the work down.
Now being a single guy in a rather mid-size city, I might be a contradiction to everyone else’s schedule, I don’t have kids or a girlfriend that takes up a lot of my time, so I’m able to spend a few more minutes than the regular person checking email or writing a blog post. As I do this, I often think am I overdoing this? Am I actually doing something to hurt or help my career? How does everyone else have time for all of this? All of these are thoughts that I think about on an almost daily basis.
But let’s be honest, we all do the best that we can. The challenge of living in this web 2.0 world is that we have to choose and decide when to log off and when to stay on. It can be hard to get noticed in this great big internet world. Yes, it’s hard and trust me I’d rather be playing that kick-ass videogame or out partying but to me this work is important.
Why do I do this? I do this for the passion and in my eyes passion is more important than skills, in today’s world. I believe this and if you beg to differ let me know. Love for work can easily be shown. You will go the extra mile and you will probably think about it nonstop. Yes, you will fail at times, but you will fail whether you have the skills or not.
Skills are great but remember if you don’t have the passion you will get bored easily. Remember skills can be developed, but passion cannot.