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Evan Armstrong reviewed his transition from working full time in tech to writing as a full-time job:
- I hated everything I was doing all day. But I was addicted to what gave me, such as power and the prestige and the money;
- No matter how little time their job takes or how automated their wealth, until they do the work to find work with purpose, it is all meaningless.
- Finding ways to imbue each moment with meaning and purpose and effort is the only path to long-term happiness.
- If you find that most of your tasks make you miserable, maybe it is time for a change.
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Evan Armstrong 回顾了自己从科技业的全职工作到目前以写作为生的转变：
三年前的今天，我们发出了 Daily Productivity Sharing 的第一期。当时我的处境和 Evan Armstrong 非常像，在 Covid 爆发之后被裁员。尽管那份工作带给我不错的收入和光环，但我一点也不喜欢那份工作。准备 DPS 也是因为在豆瓣发文章经常被锁，于是决定尝试 Substack。
In short, I hated everything I was doing all day. But I was addicted to what doing those things gave me. I liked the power and the prestige and the money.
Author’s note: at this point I had, like, 25 free subscribers. I was too ignorant to realize what a stupid idea this was.
What I am arguing is that there is a better way of working. This is my case for what I call the builder’s state of being: when you revel in the day-to-day minutia, the tedious tasks that make up your job.
Everyone deserves to have a life that brings them a similar level of energy.
By combining passive income streams, low-cost foreign labor, and productivity hacks, you could live the lifestyle of the “new rich” and be free.
Eventually they’ll realize that no matter how little time their job takes or how automated their wealth, until they do the work to find work with purpose, it is all meaningless.
Finding ways to imbue each moment with meaning and purpose and effort is the only path to long-term happiness.
Paradoxically, trying to get rid of work to give happiness the space to grow does the opposite. It leaves a gap in your soul into which rushes your insecurities and fears.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
If you find, as I did during Covid, that most of your tasks make you miserable, maybe it is time for a change.