I’m reading The Billfold right now, a very fun personal finance site. Their tagline is Everything about money you were too polite to ask. Awesome.
My favorite column so far is “Doing Money.” People from all income brackets describing how they handle their money situations. The internet is a wonderful thing.
I just read this article titled “The Hustle of a Singer-Songwriter: A Conversation with Matt Duke.” This quote from Matt really affected me:
…I’ll have to say it because I feel like this has become a bitchfest on my part about how tough it can be, but we’re so lucky because we do still make money. We can survive. You go month to month sometimes, well, a lot of the time, but we still get to play music and we get to do something that we love, which not a lot of people can say that they get to do. Not a lot of people are that fortunate, in fact there’s a lot of people who just don’t have jobs, period.
We could use his template as a guide whenever we just feel like we can’t stand our jobs:
“I still get to ___________ and I get to do something that I love, which not a lot of people can say that they get to do.”
If you can’t think of something you do that would accurately complete that sentence, do you know something that would? If you’re not working toward making it happen, then feel free to watch this.
The work I get to do as a teacher is an incredible privilege. But minor and major frustrations get in the way of my positivity more often than not. Retaining Matt’s perspective would focus my energy toward doing what I can to change what isn’t working. So I’d have more leftover to do my job well and celebrate the successes that happen everyday.
Also, take a listen to Matt Duke’s music — he’s great:
- Matt Duke: Revitalizing the Singer-Songwriter (unheardsounds.wordpress.com)