Are you “doing exactly what you want”? Bummer.

Posted by Rob Walker on October 28, 2010
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I saw this thing interviewing “successful people” who are “doing exactly what they want.”

I’m skeptical. Maybe these people aren’t doing anything they don’t want to do (or doing as little of it as possible, more likely). But I bet every single one of them would think of new things they “want to do” if someone forked over a billion dollars tomorrow.

In fact I bet they all have lists of things they want to do but haven’t been able to, for one reason or another. (Lack of an extra billion dollars, for instance.)

This phrase “doing exactly what you want” is very appealing to headline writers for obvious reasons. And yet if you really think about it, it’s sort of depressing. If you’re doing exactly what you want, then what will you do next? What aspirations are going to get you out of bed in the morning? What, in other words, do you have to look forward to?

Further diversion may be found at MKTG Tumblr, and the Consumed Facebook page.

Reader Comments

i think it’s akin to an old turkish curse: “may all of your dreams come true.” :)

Written By mark on October 29th, 2010 @ 7:51 am


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