Love What You Do, Or Leave

January 5, 2012 - By 

via Creative Something and Rands

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  • Thank you so much for this post Nick. Just what I needed after slogging through a major headache of a project.

    Happy Gnu Ear to you and all of the C4D Giants out there.

  • It’s so hard…but it’s good to remember this things daily.

  • Very nice words Nick.

    I guess there are many people who don’t have the “luxury” to choose what they like. Sometimes, money is just more important.

    Nevertheless, these words are helping me so much!

    • I agree, sometimes you have to work yourself up in order to work with the cool things. And don’t get me started with client changes.

    • That “luxury” comes from #6 & #7. So the “many” people who don’t have that luxury are complaining about not having it.

      • Are you kidding? I work my tail off night and day learning and practicing, as I’m sure many others do. Yet there’s never a one size fits all solution. It’s not about being the best sometimes. Sometimes it’s luck or connections. I’ve benefitted from and suffered as a result of both. And I am working, so I’m not bitter and unemployed. But I am UNDERemployed — paid poorly because a company can get away with that.

        • @GadgetGurl. Let me start by saying I am just trying to help. Recently I found myself taking on the same attitude that you are and it wasn’t getting me anywhere good. Then I realized this…

          If you are UNDERemployed than either ask for a raise or go find something that will pay you more. If the risk/stress of doing that isn’t worth your energy right now, than accept that you actually ARE adequately paid for this current time/place in your life and let yourself be happy. Take pleasure in knowing that (especially since so many people are unhappy with how much they make these days).

          Happiness is as much of a choice as it is a feeling and when you spread happiness rather than this negative energy or discomfort your rate is causing you, there’s a much better chance that someone will want to pay you more than you are being paid right now. Heck, who knows, they might even be on this site! But by all means, when you are ready to make your move, MAKE IT because companies can only get away with underpaying us if we let them. If you don’t act when you should then you are only undermining the rate that you and the rest of us deserve.

          Like I said, I hope I only helped and didn’t offend you in anyway because that’s all I was aiming for. Best of luck to you!

          • hiya, can i just say thank you for that. its funny how a slight paradigm shift can affect the way we handle the most important things in our life. thats a life lesson right there.

            thanks again

      • Jankees van den Berg January 9, 2012 at 1:19 pm

        🙂 I totally agree on that William Wallace
        and Osasp!!

        People please don’t forget rule nr 9 it should be rule nr 1!
        If you love what you do they can’t pay you to poorly because if you truly love doing something you still would do it even if they pay you nothing at all! and if people love what you are doing they are willing to pay you. if not than one of the two parties isn’t really loving it!

  • I have a copy of this on the wall behind my iMac

  • A gift tuna at Magical Kings night. Thank you from Europe!

  • It’s a lot easier to follow those rules when we simplify. Here’s three good examples:



    Family of seven

  • Ok Rule 1 but I was told one day that you should never ever do a ” 10 K video when you’re paid for a 1K” or your work won’t be very valuable on distance… Does it means something to you all? ^^

    • Who is going to pay you to do a 10K piece of work when all your work looks like 1K work? You have to prove yourself FIRST. Then get paid.

      • Yes sure, but still, it’s important to know your skills enough to be able to sell your work correctly. I know this is a daily basis question for freelancers, dealing with, am I going to use 3D a bunch on that thing, knowing I am gonna spend that much time on renders, modelling and so on when it can be done quicker on AE, same for adding voice over with that great guy that costs 2 when that other beginner cost 1 for example. Even if I totally agree with that, and especially when you begin, do your best whatever the client is, on the other hand, you might be able to do twice your best on a big budget. That’s not an ego thing, to my mind I am still beginning but your work costs what you say it costs, first of all. All that thing is not only based on using the latest plugins and sexiest font but still, understanding client’s will and be able to be effiscient enough to work for him before working for yourself. No misunderstanding, I love fonts and I love spending time on learning new plugins. ^^

        • Just want to post this, this all about being creative by trusting yourself, this piece changed my vision of being creative for ever!

        • Hi.
          The way I interpret number 1 is that you should always surprise your client. There’s an old saying which I strongly believe in and it goes: Never give the client what they ask for, but always give them what they want.
          Just my humble opinion.

          • Absolutely right Erik, that’s exactly what our job is about I think! And the better you are, the closest you can be to what your client really wants/deserves. But STILL, sometimes dudes really wants 10k video and only have 1k Nick! ^^

          • So true, H.

          • Agreed, H. A major issue with post production right now in the UK is that clients have been given work which far exceeds the budget, by small companies or freelancers who want to get “a foot in the door”. This over-delivery in turn drives the clients expectations up and their willingness to pay down. This actually results in an ever decreasing budget and ever increasing expectation, which benefits no-one but the client. Often the small business that is flavour of the month for offering cheap yet expensive looking results will in turn be undercut / replaced by someone who charges less and stays up even later to polish their job that little bit more. This could eventually spiral out of control until what we do is financially unsustainable. There has to be a point at which value is applied by you the artist / designer. Your skills are worth money and that is not something to shy away from. Obviously deliver good quality results but don’t give a cheeky client your life for a month if they are paying you for a week. That promise of “If you can do this one really cheap (or so help me – free?!) we’ll make it up to you on the next one” is a line I’ve heard so many times it’s untrue – and (funnily enough) it is almost always untrue! This is a very funny sketch about it – – By the way – my overall view is positive, there is some great work out there and some great people – just don’t get caught up in feeling you’re “not worth it”! Also, I agree with the observation from Erik saying that you should sometimes give your client what they didn’t realise they wanted until you showed them – that doesn’t necessarily mean you staying up all night!

      • I agree with Nick’s comment.

      • Hi sorry to ask, because I do not know if this the right place. But it is urgent. Help me, please.

        How do I prevent the Sky HDRI 012 BACKGROUND and the floor?

        The HDRI 012 Sky , I just want to reach my modeling.
        I enabled Ambient Occlusion, Global Illumination, because presiso the shadows. The modeling and shadows are beautiful.

        The Sky HDRI 012 is reaching the background and floor.
        The error is that the background and the floor were left with ugly stains, if I get the HDRI 012 ugly stains disappear. But modeling is dull.

        How to troubleshoot? Do you know any tuts? You could make a tuts addressing this situation? Help me, please.

        Send your mail.
        And I send you a preview to see how that’s my job.

        God bless you.

  • Anyway I could get a poster of that?

  • Actually, there are NO RULES in being a creative. IMO. Happy New Year Nick! Amazing site.

  • bullshit.
    full of Contradiction.

  • ‘Love what you do, or leave’.
    Sounds good at first glance, but after giving it some more thought I rather see this one being removed. I know a fair amount of people who don’t love what they do just because they don’t love their work. Some of them are very motivated and talented, yet very insecure about their current situation. ‘Rules’ like these makes people doubt for no reason, it does more bad then good. This ‘rule’ has no value for people that already love everything they do. I can’t possible imagine how.

    I agree with some of the others though.

    Thanks you.

    • I think you missed the point of #10, it speaks more to the guy/girl in the room who knows he/she is better than the work assigned to him/her. So if the stuff you do at home is more tasteful, more enjoyable to do, and attracts more attention than that sh*t your getting paid to work on… than leave.

      I think this is the most valuable and important rule up there.

      • I feel we’re not talking about the same person and situation. After reading my comment for a second time I think I wasn’t very clear, sorry.

        I’m talking about people that don’t ‘love’ what they do because the are insecure about their own work. This is a feeling we all have, but some experience this in a different way. Also, I thought ‘leave’ stood for leaving your actual ambitions (if you don’t ‘love’).

        But my way of reading #9, like you’ve said could indeed be wrong. It’s was the first thing that came to my head.


      • William, that’s me! And I have clients who allow me to do what I love. Maaan, if I could leave my job (creative, yet underpaid), I would. The problem is that my clients ARE CHEAP. They are not corporations with deep pockets. And if they have deep pockets, they are…cheap, LOL. I’m still resilient. I’m somewhat happy to be employed (somewhat because I could probably do better freelancine again instead of permalancing at a crap paying gig). But this economy scares me. Still optimistic, and I appreciate this list by Nick.

        • I know what you mean. I’ve been at places I hated but couldn’t leave cause of finances and insecurities. But put your time in from 6pm – 3am on your own for a while and amazing things will happen. It’s just how much you want it. Basically do alot of cool stuff for free and eventually you’ll make bank.

  • Although most of these “rules” I agree with, some of it is wishful thinking.

    “Do more than what you’re told to do.” – I’m all for pushing yourself, learning, expanding, etc. but in real world situations this is harder said than done. What if you have a family, kids to go home to – are you really going to stay at work longer “just because”? If you’re on salary, staying later to do more than what you’re told is a financial loss and may not be worth it. I understand not everything is about money, I wouldn’t mind sticking around late to work on a project that I love working on – which brings me to…

    “Love what you do, or leave.” I love video editing. I love motion design. BUT there are some aspects I HATE. Bad clients, late nights, last minute changes, we all know these. You try to make it fun/better but the client pushes back for mediocrity. Then you realize that you’re not getting paid enough to worry about these things. “Just get the job done,” you say to yourself, there’s no pont in fighting back. After leaving at some ungodly hour working on last minute changes on a project you hate working on, you say to yourself “never again!” So what now, do you leave? You definitely can leave, but how about those bills you need to pay? Those mouths you need to feed (if any)? You try to find another job elsewhere, but no one is hiring at the moment. You work your butt off with hopes of leaving, but realistically you can’t just leave. This sound familiar to anyone else?

    On another note, I’m all for taking breaks.

    • Everything is a trade off, Chris. Going home to see the family is important, but it may mean that someone else may be willing to stay and work more. The balance is up to you, of course. As for “getting a paycheck” I think that that is EXACTLY the mindset what “Love what you do, or leave” is trying to speak to. I know that there are things you would rather not do, but if you have too many days of doing stuff you don’t like, get out and let someone else, that might LIKE your job have it. There are other jobs out there you may like more.

      • True, by the way I used to work with interns that could pass on sleeping to do the job but that’s not very healthy, and you tend to do real crap when you don’t see anything else than your screen. We all experienced working 16 hours a day 7 days a week when it’s needed, but if you want stay creative you definitely have to maintain desire and we human being, need so much more than tutorials and endless working days to do so…If you want to stay away from the dark side of the industry, you need distance too sometimes…

        • The funniest part of the story is that I am currrently working at 10.30pm (France) while I am following this conversation about working late for “bad”reasons! ^^

      • Yeah Nick but some people can’t choose between different jobs. It’s not that easy to find a new one. If you have one, they pay you good price, you make boring stuff – I would stay and wait till it will be better.
        If not – I would make my own stuff and try to find another job.
        If I couldn’t find – I would stay. Money is money, you need it? Sometimes we have to sacrifice…

        • I forgot about one thing. I guess many of you experienced that.
          Few times I was asked to do smth. It was very poor/boring stuff but the guy “explained” me that we have to do this due to deadline.
          Okay, straight forward. Shitty work, not bad cash, I learned nothing but the client is satisfied.
          I can do that one, two times. But more? I’m not saying that I do this very often, but I know people who have to, because of money.
          If you do too many low-level jobs, your creativity might be gone, same as motivation. It’s not that easy to get your ass back in place and DO COOL stuff.
          I had that situation once and I will never do that again.

          Excuse me some mistakes.

    • I relate, Chris T. I am making a fraction of what I’m used to (back to the same rate I made 5 years ago because companies are milking the desperate, unemployed). I am miserable, working 2 gigs and still not earning what I did at one place that stopped using freelancers. Getting another job in this economy isn’t easy. I’m creating my own opportunities outside of corporate, but with rich yet cheap people. However, I am motivated by Nick’s list. But I do feel your pain, my friend.

    • I must say I have to agree with these points. For me personally No 1 and 6 are recepies for burnout, and with all the recent work/life balance posts, I’m beginning to feel most are recognising sensible hours actually aid creativity. On the issue of Leaving your work if you don’t love it, I think that if your fairly new you inevitably have to endure a few awful jobs. But maybe if your not loving what you do and you’ve been in the industry for a while then perhaps your not being treated right or having the creative freedom you require. In this case I would agree its time to move on. Maybe not to a new field of work, just another company or client.

  • Amen to #20, but financially it’s not feasible for all.

  • Value what you do.

  • These are all good tips, and I’m a little surprised people are being so nit picky about them. Sure, loving what you do is not required to have a job and get paid, so its not a RULE, but rather a tip to be productive and happy with your life/job/situation. If you don’t love what you do (creating stuff) then I don’t even know why your reading this site or commenting. I think most people here (GSG) love learning and creating, and if you don’t love it of have a passion for it… then go flip burgers and be happy. I also think that if you DO love what you do, then doing more than you are told really just comes naturally. Obviously you don’t want to do 10k work for 1k, you have to pick your battles, but basically don’t be…. perfunctory. Hey Gorilla, on a side note, My wife bought me some products from you for my B-Day etc, and wondering if there is any way to change the email you send updates to????

    • I think ‘love what you do’ isn’t so easy to define.

      • Well I would respectfully disagree. Sure, if you over analyze and try to define “love” or try to compartmentalize “what you do” i.e. Job or Hobby, then yes everything becomes hard to define. But The bottom line is if you don’t enjoy what field your in, then you are probably not fully happy or maximizing your potential. If you would basically do something for free (design/create) then pretty good chance your going to kick butt doing it while getting paid. 2 pennies…

        • I think I understand the criticism that the “love what you do” rule is getting. For example, sometimes that rule is thrown at your face by someone who is your boss in a company, when you’re modifying your work to meet the client’s number 20th revision and you complain, you can get that “oh, but you must love what you do because it’s a creative job”, it’s annoying.
          In motion design sometimes you love your work and sometimes you don’t, it depends on the client, depends on the situation. Some work is a hard pill to swallow, some is a blessing.
          Some of these rules forget that in the end motion design is WORK, and work is boring sometimes. Like “make Work into Play”.
          That works for clients that let you experiment, but those are the few ones… sometimes if you “play” too much with what you do, it’s just simply rejected.
          I agree that this rule is telling you “if you have a job that is too dull, just leave and find something more exciting”. I totally agree.
          But what if you freelance? Sometimes the clients you can really get want the less creative stuff. You can’t just keep rejecting clients just because they want the standard stuff.
          I think in general the rules are ok, but only if they’re not taken to extremes.

    • Perfunctory, of course not, certainly not, cheaper doesn’t mean poorer but still, working 3 days or 3 weeks on a project means being paid more, that’s all. And sometimes (sorry I mean always) you’d like to spent 3 weeks on a 3 days project because you know you could/should always do better. The thing is that Nick started with creativity and we all are talking about money and industry, these are both side of the same thing, and we cannot just ignore the financial aspect of what we do.

    • I don’t think anyone’s trying to be “nit picky”. I think the issue is when clients, studios come to expect that type of mentality of overworking. I think what we’re arguing is if a person works late on a project it should be their choice because they enjoy. This currently is not the case with many studios and clients making unreasonable demands. On the point of not loving what you do, you can make anything that you love intolerable given the wrong circumstances. Also I find it hard to believe that anyone would overwork by choice unless they they are getting paid a wedge…..the issue here comes when they expect everyone else involved who is on a salary to have the same mentality. The issue in this circumstance is greed.

      • I totally hear you and agree with what your saying. I guess “nit picky” was not the right choice of words. Maybe I read Hassan’s comment and flew off the handle 🙂 but yes i totally agree. I’ve been working in a corporate setting for last 15 years and believe me i know what you mean by the over worked mentality. I’m not suggesting that you should be some overworked automaton, I was just in agreement with the “do more/do GOOD” work thing. And yes I agree that any task can become intolerable depending on the situation, but What i was referring to was being a creative/designer in general. If you don’t enjoy being a designer/creator etc, then go into sales or whatever you have a true passion for. I think we are pretty much on the same page generally.

    • Spenser. Sure thing. Drop us a line under Support and I will get it changed. Happy Birthday! Tell her great job on the gift. 🙂

  • For me thos just seems like yet another one of those graphics rife on ffffound where someone with a fetish for helvetica has just bestowed opon us there bounty of knowledge and wisdom. For me the bottom line is that the industry will burn itself out and loose valuble skilled workers if it is constantly taking from a younger and less expirenced pool of talent ( due to the fact that more and more people will be forced to leave as the pressure on family life is too great)
    Now for me i go to work, we obviously are sometimes taken advantage of, some of us make excuses for this to be ok some of us dont. And this list of rules dosnt comfort me at all when I have promised my wife i would be home on time to give my son a bath or go shopping and the effects of this have obvious effects on my relationships..

  • It all comes down to priorities for me…my last job, which I started the day after my honeymoon, was at a small creative firm and I really loved it, and I put in a ton of hours every week, but I realized after 5 months that I had a boss that was super negative and made everything my fault, I didn’t spend enough time with my wife, and I needed a change…so I got a job at a small oil company to be their creative guru, working a straight 40 hours a week…almost a year later, I love my job, but I can’t wait to get off and be with my wife…sure there are things I would change about the job, I would be able to do 3D all day long, and do whatever I wanted, and probably work from home, but you know what, for me, the trade off of being able to be at home at a regular time every night and not having to work weekends and actually spending time with my wife was worth it. I think it all comes down to your own personal priorities, if you are dead set on being the greatest FX artist out there, you will put a lot of time into it, for me I wanted to be a Husband & Father more than I wanted to be famous for my art.

    • Andrew Kramer has wife and daughter… ; ) Think about that buddies, it’s not about working hours and hours but doing your daily dutty the best you can and when you’re working, you’re doing nothing but your best. I am absolutely convinced that there are a lot of the greatest artists out there that have a social life too! : )

      • And also Andrew Kramer is trully talented. Having tons of talent allows you to do the same amount of work than someone else in a shorter amount of time.

        • Yup, he’s the Jedi Master for sure, but a long time ago ,in a galaxy far far away, Andrew Kramer appeared, and didn’t know anything about wiggle, revealing mask properties and motion graphics! ^^ It means that “anybody” can do it, by that I mean it’s possible to be husband and father and to do great stuff anyway. Last word, to my mind, the only rule that really matter is “love what you do, or leave”, because that’s the thing that gonna make you stay awake, working, tweaking to make it better. But sometimes the best quit working right on time to catch the children at school, right?

  • Damn awesome stuff!

    agree 100%

    to people who disagree, you’re probably not following all the points =)

  • ok! good .. thanks . agree 100% ??~

  • I live by the Rules. (Ha!) I “still” love what I do, I enjoy learning new tricks and discuss all the font/animation/design nerd-ery with my like-minded friends. After years of working non-stop like a lunatic, I’m finally at a point where I am able to work with clients I like and get paid well for jobs I enjoy. (Well, not always, but most of time) I feel very lucky. It is the most amazing thing to get up and go do things you enjoy and get paid doing it. I’m glad I decided to follow my passion over having a kushy office job, because at the end of a day, your own happiness is what really matters and that’s what you take to your grave…not the title you have in the world, not the cash you have in your wallet. I do find it a bit more difficult to try new things now that I’m older and have more obligations outside work; but I feel that it doesn’t have to be something major…it could be as easy as taking a different route home one day or getting tea instead of coffee. (I would never do that because I love coffee!!!) Priority in life definitely has changed and it’s a constant struggle to balance work and family. But I guess it’s just one of those things in life I will keep trying to achieve.

    Maybe “Keep networking” should be added to the list? Or “Have humor in every situation for your sanity?” :p Just sayin’. To people who are not happy, only you can change it and you are responsible for your own happiness. But you can’t always be happy without doing time first…just like everything else. And when you enjoy what you do, you get better at what you do and money follows naturally. Just gotta keep truckin’!

    Thanks for sharing the list and all the positive comments here. Inspiring indeed.

  • Thanks!! This is really inspiring.
    In fact, I made made a 1080p version of this list to set as my desktop background. If you want it, you can download it at

  • replace the wold CREATOR with WOMEN!
    nice though

  • Should be my next poster on the wall? Definitely!

  • I think it should be 9 descriptions of a creative. Rules imply that they are something external that you need to put on. Rules never become apart of you, they are always opposed to you fighting to keep you under control. Rules/law/legalism is a heavy subject, id be cautious to print this out and hang it on your wall like the 9 commandments. Bad things happen… read the old testament for proof. The reality is, if you love being a creative then these 9 things will describe you.

  • Every rule you say is exactly what everybody need in any job, if you don’t love what you do, if you don’t have a good time when you’re working or don’t try new things…… then you always stay in the past.
    Pd: I’m sorry by my english.

  • now pinned on my door.

  • Hey Nick, I have to disagree a bit with the comment “love what you do or leave”. I used to believe that, but life is not that simple. There are many examples of people not loving what they do but they do it because they are just good at it. I don’t believe you have to love what you do to be good at it. You have to be responsible and do a good job but not necessarily love it. I’ve read interviews of actors that wanted to be musicians and vice versa. For example Johnny Depp and Jeff Bridges wanted to be musicians. Acting for them was just a day job until they realized that was there calling. Vin Diesel has also said he doesn’t enjoy acting but he feels it’s something he has to do. And recently Serena Williams said she doesn’t even like tennis. I’m sure if you look at your own family you’ll see similar examples. In my example I can tell you my dad had amazing drawing skills but he could care less about that. He wanted to be a musician. He barely made a living at it because frankly he just wasn’t a natural at it. So his passion was music but his talent was drawing. My brother is in the same boat, he is passionate about making it it the music business but he’s not a natural either. I on the other hand have the talent for music but I am not passionate about it. What’s my passion? 3d modeling. Sometimes when something comes too easily there’s nothing to get excited about. I think sometimes we choose things we want to do because they are a challenge, they don’t come easy to us. So the real question is what should one do? Should you follow your passion that you might not be good enough at? Or should you do what you are good at but not so passionate about?

  • I’ve been a fan of this blog for nearly two years now…..and I am always amazed by the post that are made…THIS ONE ESPECIALLY……

  • Hey Nick,

    Hi sorry to ask, because I do not know if this the right place. But it is urgent. Help me, please.

    How do I prevent the Sky HDRI 012 BACKGROUND and the floor?

    The HDRI 012 Sky , I just want to reach my modeling.
    I enabled Ambient Occlusion, Global Illumination, because presiso the shadows. The modeling and shadows are beautiful.

    The Sky HDRI 012 is reaching the background and floor.
    The error is that the background and the floor were left with ugly stains, if I get the HDRI 012 ugly stains disappear. But modeling is dull.

    How to troubleshoot? Do you know any tuts? You could make a tuts addressing this situation? Help me, please.

    Send your mail.
    And I send you a preview to see how that’s my job.

    God bless you.

  • Great Stuff!

    also, this might be a little off-topic but i have been having a problem involving the camera movement and navigation in the View Port.
    yestarday, i was just playing around making some random Objects, and for some reason the extruder wouldent work (i tried hitting apply, using the cursor) then, when i tried moving the camera it froze – so i restarted my C4D and this green crosshair appeared in the center of the scene, and when i rotate the camera it rotates around the center of the worlds axis (Even when i grab a different object that has a different axis)
    i am using C4D R13 (dont think it matters)

  • “Love what you do or leave” is a bit harsh and idealistic.
    You will (almost) never achieve something without a good portion of suffering, pain and frustration.
    And it would almost be masochistic to enjoy that road (no offense to the masochists of course).

    an example of my own life epos:
    It was/is my childhood dream to be able to draw the madness and absurdity that resides in my mind. So after a way too long time I decided to buy some books, get studying, pick up a pencil and start drawing.

    Now I’m doing OK on observation drawings and starting to get the hang of anatomic structures.
    Yet I don’t love it when I just did a study and realize that the muscles are connected on the wrong place or that my drawn body parts are out of proportion.
    I’ll start over until I am satisfied, but this has nothing to do with loving it.
    It is holding on until I achieve the skill that will enable me to do something I’ll love.

    I know I ought to enjoy ‘the road to…” more but “Love what you, do or leave” means in my case that I should throw away my pencils, sell my books and GTFO.

    #1 should be: “remember what matters to you and get ready to get kicked in the balls whilst trying to achieve it”.

  • Hi everybody. I love all the wisdom in this post. Thank you Nick Campbell for all your great tutorials and advice. Greetings from Guatemala city. See you in the next tuto =)

  • Thank you Nick for sharing your Ideas and your time in teaching and giving us ideas on how to do things in Cinema4d. Practice makes perfection, with your tutorial I have fun sometimes it does not go the way I wanted but with patience and listening to you I have learned a lot. Once again thank you keep it coming with the tutorial.

  • Love What You Do, Or Leave… “So True”
    After 3 months internship in add agency I got a job with good pay .. but.. there i have to work on flash .. i dont like flash.. so i just Leave..
    But There is Financial Esau, My parents support me … to do motion design,
    so i am doing my education with motion design.. and mma traning..! 🙂
    hell ya …..I Love What I am Doing..!

  • if you really love what you do then you get this post, I have the luxury of loving what I do. I get paid squat, i can barley feed my kids and i live in a one bedroom apt with two boys. I hold out on the hopes that someone will see my motion graphics/creative (which I also love, but is not my main job) work and hire me for some stuff for extra income but my day I LOVE! it is hard sometimes because changes at work have made it where I don’t love my boss (they come and go), but I love my work. it is fulfilling, I am a christian, and I have looked for other work. in this economy it is not easy, I honestly feel God wants me right where I am, I make a difference in many peoples lives. And at the end of every month…. I make it by. I have fun, And i LOVE what I do. my .002 cents…. Can’t afford 2cents 🙂

  • Happy new year, Nick!!
    Rule #7 on the list is the toughest 😀

  • Simply pure … thanks Nick! I’ll try to keep in my mind every day!

  • Nick,
    If you were a celebrity, you would be doing a cameo on Portlandia right now.

  • Hey Nick and Folks
    I think this an awesome post, very insperational. I think that the only thing I would add is that even in the most uninspired times of your work, have faith in yourself.
    You have delivered before, you will deliver again.

  • I think these are lifted from the late great Paul Arden’s :
    recommend to anyone who hasnt read it.

  • All you commenters are doing #5, and I’m passing you up on #6!
    Get back to work!!

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