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A perspective on "work vs life" for independent creators with a heart for their business.
While browsing through my digital Evernote archive (aka my Backup Brain), I noticed a quote from a 1991 speech by Brian Dyson, then CEO of Coca Cola. He gave this commencement speech to students from Georgia Tech University as they were about to leave school and enter the (working) world.
Imagine life if a game of 5 balls that you manipulate in the air, trying not to let these balls fall. One of them is made from rubber, the rest is glass. The five balls are: work, family, health, friends and soul.
In the speech, he then explains that it will soon become clear to you that the ball made out of rubber, represents "work". If that ball falls, it will bounce again. In other words: you can always go look for new or more work. The other balls are made of glass. If one of those falls, it will not bounce back and recover to its former shape. If a glass ball falls, it is broken, damaged, cracked or even completely shattered.
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