Are you a master in the art of living?

by Barrie Hopson on July 20, 2011 · 1 comment

in Future of work,work/life blend

Just came across a superb quotation from the novelist James Michener which beautifully sums up for me what a portfolio career is all about and indeed the desirable future of work:

“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labour and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.”

Our artist friend Hugh Macleod wrote about his grandparents in the Scottish highlands living a life quite like this too a century ago. And it is interesting to reflect that before the 1780’s 80% of the population were free agents to use the modern idiom and had revenue from multiple sources.

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1 KB August 16, 2011 at 12:28 am

Just fyi, I believe that quote is usually attributed to Chinese Taoist philosopher Lao-Tzu. Michener may have borrowed or quoted Lao-Tzu.

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