In my free time, I like to play a game called "watch hours upon hours worth of TED videos." My wife says that that's not a game, but we've agreed to disagree.
Anyway, if you don't already know, TED is a series of talks given by people doing interesting things in the fields of technology, entertainment and design. They're smart, interesting and extremely addictive. But this particular talk, by a man with a french name but distinctly British sense of humor, hit me in a place where most of the TED talks can't.
He says, at the end of his talk (and don't skip to the end just because I said that -- the talk really is worth your quarter of an hour), that "we should be the authors of our own ambition." In a nutshell, that we should determine for ourselves what success really is.
And in an industry where success can be determined in so many different ways, I find that highly encouraging.
Wait, what's that you say? I don't have to get excited about finally getting client approval on work that they limited and I know to be mediocre? Um, sweet.
I don't have to feign excitement about work that pays the bills but doesn't necessarily sing creatively? Great!
I can finally admit that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE winning awards? Fantastic!
And I can finally allow myself (despite 25 years of Catholic guilt being burned into my soul) to get just a little bit excited about the fact that this business can be lucrative if I continue to work my goddamn ass off?
HOLY JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH! Somebody kiss this son of a bitch the next time they see him, 'cause I owe him one. In a mere 16 minutes and 55 seconds, his talk officially flipped my dipper.
Hope you like it as much as I did. Enjoy.
EDIT: Oh, and I almost forgot to ask the big question: Where to do YOU find Joy in advertising? If you have a minute, we'd love it if you share. So click the comments and get to typing.
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