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August 20, 2007


Cliff Allen

Last week I was visiting with our facility manager when he mentioned that he will participate in a Renaissance Faire in full custom with his musket. As he talked about his annual trek his eyes twinkled, he smiled, and his whole body became more animated. He said he was going to use several vacation days so he could be there more.

A few days earlier I had attended Comic-Con for the first time. Over 110,000 sci-fi and fantasy fans gathered for several days to see their favorite authors, artists, and stars. For many of the fans this was important enough to take time off from work and travel hundreds - or thousands - of miles to pursue this passion.

In both cases, people felt strongly enough about their hobbies to take time off from work and pay their expenses to have an excellent experience.

In some ways it's like being an entrepreneur.


I have to wonder if the increasing reckless franticness of some parts of our work-world (or the numbing futility of other parts) is simply distracting/draining/depressing many of us to the point that the idea of "hobbies" has come to seem like some luxurious idyllic escape that we either don't have the time or energy for, or simply can't afford.

OTOH, these very hobbies may be the cure for the hardening Resistance that makes them so difficult...

"Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto."
--Dale Carnegie

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