pondering purpose and paradox
19 January 2012
would you rather…
work for a star-architect all of your days with no recognition or work towards having your name on the door?
work occasionally on non-glamorous projects that might develop good relationships or have no work at all?
work on a team on a global project that might impact a city overseas or work on small local project with a big impact on your community?
have diverse responsibilities that make each day different or sit at your desk every day doing the same thing?
have a project you worked on be published and be one of hundreds on a team or work for a small office and have a large feature in your local newspaper?
work for a company making a big paycheck doing dull work or work for a company with a small paycheck doing interesting work?
work for a firm that does only one building type or work for a firm that does a variety of project types?
teach someone in your office something new or learn something new on your own?
have a large notable commission with a very difficult client or have a small commission with a really appreciative client?
make a small impact in a big city or a large impact in a small city?
convince a client to finally think and build sustainably and never get any certification or have a client demand for their project to be certified merely because it brings them attention amongst their peers?
work for a global firm and get to travel frequently or work for a regional firm and be home for dinner every night?
work at a place where you’re paid well and hate it, or work somewhere you love where the rewards are other than your paycheck?
work at a place requiring a very early morning commute, or wake your son up every day, eat breakfast together and take him to school, then start your day?
Pardon the hyperbole. I’m not judging you or your answers, nor am I stating these are either-or situations. These are not the only questions, they are just questions I ask myself to keep things in focus.
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