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May 30th, 2003

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07:56 am - Mastery day 5—Anger
This seems much like yesterday's whipping subject: regret.

What are the things that would piss you off if you didn't get your fantasy career?

Not much, really. I think I would tend to be regretful about not every fulfilling the dream. Since I'm giving up regret, though, we don't want that. So more work on the dream.

I think I'd be angry about having to go to "the office" everyday if I didn't become a writer. By that, I mean, going to somewhere that I am expected to be at certain times even if there is no work to do. I am goal and task motivated and believe that increased efficiency means I get to go home earlier. It does piss me off that I'm expected to do dumb-ass busy-work or pointless "training exercises" just because I've been efficient in getting my work done or there isn't work to do for some other reason.

So I'll channel that anger into energy for writing. Every time I get pissed at some idiotic thing at work, I'll put in time later that day writing. Sounds like a plan.
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Date:May 30th, 2003 10:44 am (UTC)

Fantasy Careers

I'm having a little trouble with this idea of a "fantasy career." Being a secret agent, that's a fantasy career. Or being a movie star (as opposed to simply being an actor, which I suspect is a whole different deal). Spending all day doing only things you like to do - that's a fantasy career. Jobs aren't like that, unfortunately. I can see how it might be a useful exercise to fantasize about the perfect career to help yourself figure out what's important to you, but when it gets to the point of encouraging you to be angry if you don't achieve something that was originally defined as a fantasy - I begin to question the whole concept of the exercise.

My fantasy career, btw, is writing for the Weekly World News. From my private beach on a tropical island.
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Date:May 31st, 2003 03:05 am (UTC)

Re: Fantasy Careers

I agree that the "fantasy career" moniker isn't one that jives with me either. The initial exercise of putting this together held the caveat that this choice would be re-visited so that initially, the choice wasn't a be-all and end-all.

I think the point of this exercise is not to encourage one to get angry but to recognize that one of the things one might feel when not doing their "fantasy career" is anger. The rest of the (relatively short) chapter in the book was about ways to channel the anger or free one's self from it.

So the author is aware that anger isn't the best emotion to work with in this pursuit and is showing one way out of it.

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