WORK LESS WEDNESDAY
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🏦 1. Stop Making People Work For Free
🤔 2. Is It Unethical To Sell Retainers? – Tweet by Jose Rosado
Had a really interesting debate with my friend & client Jose Rosado on Twitter this week.
In my opinion, it’s totally fine.
When someone buys a retainer, they’re paying to reserve a chunk of your time (which is limited).
What they do with that time is up to them.
There was a spirited debate on Twitter, here’s what other people thought:
- “Who’s the most lucrative customers for Spotify? Those who pay and don’t listen much… same for Netflix… I could go on.”
- “Planet Fitness (and other gyms) loves it when people sign up and don’t come.”
- “It’s the same as lawyers having clients on retainer.”
- “It might be that those companies as his clients want him to be there and available whenever they need him. Which might be a lot some months and not at all others. So to the client it all evens itself out.”
My experience with retainers is that my clients are paying to have a world-class creative team at the ready, when they need us.
Sometimes that’s a lot one month, and very little the next month.
More than anything else, they are paying for access.
What do you think? Is this OK?
📦 3. You Can Have Two “Big Things,” But Not Three – Article by A Smart Bear
Jason makes the argument that we really only have room for focus on two “Big Things” in our life at any given time.
Big Things you can pick from:
- Social Life
- Major Hobby (e.g. build a boat in the garage, become a chess master, video game addiction)
Of course, no one wants to believe this.
We think we can “have it all.”
But Jason says:
“Some people try to “have it all.” Men and women both. But it’s never true. At most two can function well; the rest do not. More often, there’s just one that receives the majority of the energy, and the rest suffers. No, you are not an exception. That’s egotistical self-deception.”
What do you think?
Can you have more than two “Big Things,” and still do them well?
💭 4. Thoughts & Habits Not Conducive To Creativity – The Creative Act
I’ve been picking up Rick Rubin’s The Creative Act: A Way of Being every couple of days.
It’s the kind of book you don’t just read in one sitting.
On page 139, I came across this list, and knew I had to share it.
Thoughts and habits not conducive to the work:
- Believing you’re not good enough.
- Feeling you don’t have the energy it takes.
- Mistaking adopted rules for absolute truths.
- Not wanting to do the work (laziness).
- Not taking the work to its highest expression (settling).
- Having goals so ambitious that you can’t begin.
- Thinking you can only do your best work in certain conditions.
- Requiring specific tools or equipment to do the work.
- Abandoning a project as soon as it gets difficult.
- Feeling like you need permission to start or move forward.
- Letting a perceived need for funding, equipment, or support get in the way.
- Having too many ideas and not knowing where to start.
- Never finishing projects.
- Blaming circumstances or other people for interfering with your process.
- Romanticizing negative behaviors or addictions.
- Believing a certain mood or state is necessary to do your best work.
- Prioritizing other activities and responsibilities over your commitment to making art.
- Distractibility and procrastination.
- Thinking anything that’s out of your control is in your way.
📱 5. New App I’m Experimenting With – Async
I literally downloaded this yesterday, so don’t consider it an endorsement.
Replace quick calls and unnecessary back-and-forths with asynchronous voice messaging. Read the transcript. Reply any time. Send on any platform.
Send me a voice message at async.com/richwebz to check it out.