A Personal Work Manifesto
Anita Sharpe on Passionate Work
A great story in Vanity Fair magazine this month about a talented screenwriter named Zach Helms who kept getting his scripts optioned by Hollywood, but never made into movies. This changed after he wrote his personal work manifesto (the story isn't available online.) Among his rules:
* I will no longer allow financial need or career ambition to determine the direction of my work. I will not put myself in any position in which my work is owed to another party.
* I will not write for writing's sake. I will write only when inspired to write.
After reading this, I remembered that I had written a personal career manifesto a while back. With a few exceptions (when you're building a business, you have to do some things that don't play perfectly to your strengths), I've stuck to it:
* I will spend at least 80% of my time working at things that play to my strengths.
* I will only do work where I have a strong degree of creative control.
* I will spend my days doing work that I believe adds something positive to the world.
* I will not work with (and certainly never for) bullies or dishonest or mean people.
* Freedom of movement is key to my doing my best work. I will never work in a controlling environment.
What about you? Anyone else ever written a personal work manifesto?