Couldn’t agree more.

I have to admit that there are times, particularly when I find that I’m once again looking for a new job, that I wonder if my blog here will hinder that process. Then I saw this comic today:

And it occurs to me that it’s entirely possible that I may not get a job because a prospective employer came by the site and didn’t like what he or she saw, but that doesn’t change my need to be true to myself and if that means a bit more hardship in life because I didn’t try to mold myself into what others think I should be then so be it.

I’ll live with the consequences of my actions and remain true to who I am.

Found via Tom Morris’ Blog.

9 thoughts on “Couldn’t agree more.

  1. I think it can be summed up in “Do you work to live, or live to work?”  Most people might have to think about it if they took their work habits, amount of time spent at work, etc, into account, though I’d say most people would just give a knee jerk “of course I work to live”, at least those I’ve actually asked the question have.

    Of course, the comic speaks perfectly for itself.

  2. Les: And it occurs to me that it’s entirely possible that I may not get a job because a prospective employer came by the site and didn’t like what he or she saw

    Two things strike me –
    Would you want to work for someone that petty?
    How much would you need to compromise before you gave up who you are?
    Fuck that shit.
    Frederick Douglass said: I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.

  3. Would you want to work for someone that petty?
    How much would you need to compromise before you gave up who you are?

    That’s why I wouldn’t cut my hair for a job.  I had enough of petty conformity in high school (from the administration, no less) that I still don’t care for it.  Especially since they made a huge issue over hair length, but never said shit about my grades (which were suffering).

    I’d say it’d be one hell of a salary to compromise, but I’ve already cut my hair.  Because Ragman decided he wanted to.  Ironically, if anyone had said anything about I should cut my hair off in the year or two before I did it, I likely would not have cut it off.

  4. Ragman: I’ve already cut my hair

    I remember being on parade on a parade ground in Vietnam and being asked why I wouldn’t extend my visit by six months – I replied: I want to grow my hair. LOL
    Nowadays I get it cut extra short a month before xmas (remember: it’s the summer down here) and let it grow for the rest of the year.

  5. You know, people have said that so many times, and this was my reply.
    I love to see people who share my feelings..My thoughts are worth more than my career.

  6. Curious, I’m just thinking about this matter as well. I’m getting ever more involved in Wikipedia editing, and have used my full (and rather rare) name to sign up there.

    Still haven’t decided. I’m temped to go back (as my attempts at changing it to something less directly googable have been useless, now that I already created the initial account).

  7. I enjoy the complete unfettered freedom of anonymity. It doesn’t mean I’m any less true to what I believe and I feel just as chagrined or embarrassed when I make an ass of myself as when I do the same using my real name.

    The internet it not the local meeting house. Anonymity is something unique which it offers. I’m pleased to use it.

    Personally I think it’s more likely to be your attitude to those who disagree with you, how you deal with conflict etc, than your actual opinions on a given subject that is likely to affect an employer’s view of you. And as LuckyJohn says, would you want to work for someone who wouldn’t hire you on the basis of your views on something you felt strongly about?

    Having said that, if your future boss looks up your name and gets eight pages of rantings and spittal he/she might just chose to move to the next candidate.

  8. “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” If your boss is so uptight that finding out what you really stand for pisses him or her off, so be it. Your chances of winding up with ulcers or a heart attack increase with the amount of stress that exists in you life. If the boss fires you, you probably didn’t fit there and would have left soon on your own accord, anyway. I do seem to rember something about discretion and valor . . .  wink

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