Man did this one strike a chord. I work as a consultant and write in my free time. The only reason I chose to work in the field I work in (sustainability) was because I thought I'd contribute something useful to the world. Anyone who has spent any amount of time in the real world will know how naive I was being when I thought I'd be useful as a yuppie consultant just because I'd have 'Sustainability' written on my business card instead of 'Risk' or 'Management'. On a side note, my department has been sucked in by the Risk function and I now have 'Risk' written on my business card anyway.
I spend most Friday nights killing party buzzes with sad tales from work and oh-I-wish-I-could-quits. I hate being that guy. I really do wish I could quit my job and spend more time creating something, anything I can be proud of and dedicate my time to whatever it is. I don't know if I agree with all that's been said in the article, but damn, some of the things he says hurt because they're true.
Well, at least I write seriously.
Sorry for the rant. Thanks for the share.