Tomorrow can be scary. Especially if we know that change is coming. Before my son was born, I was terrified. When I first saw him, I experienced a mix of awe and fear. Because for the first time ever, I knew that my life would never be the same.
As we invest more time in our careers, it is only natural that we would define ourselves by our careers. We invest not just in ourselves, but in our employers. We invest our passion, our creativity, our time and our mental sweat into doing the best damn job possible. We pour ourselves into success.
And sometimes success doesn't come. Sometimes you take a risk and fall on your face. Or sometimes the market shifts and you are no longer needed.
To be honest, as much as I know that I make real contributions and have a fair amount of job security, I have had these fears. We all have. When you hear that there is "right-sizing" at your company, at a sister-company, at a client or in a related industry, it's inevitable that you contemplate your own career stability.
Over the next few days. a compelling new documentary is going to be released, called Lemonade, The Movie. I recently received a private screening invitation, and let me tell you, it's interesting. Lemonade showcases a series of former ad agency employees and explores their lives post lay-off.
I can relate to their anxiety, to the fear of the unknown. This fear is a natural part of being creative, being driven, taking risks and frankly, being human. But the great news that this film does a great job of highlighting, is that when we strip away the bloated egoism of corporate America, there is a raw person left with nothing but their anxiety and their passions.
Many will look at Lemonade and see an anti-agency manifesto. But I think life can be great at an agency, it has it's ups and it's downs but I personally don't find it to be the hell that some make it out to be. I think the real message of Lemonade is two fold. Firstly, you aren't your career. Live your life outside of the office. The second is that life is about more than your paycheck.
It's a great film. Not a must see, but a fairly interesting story that is pretty relatable to those of us in the business. It will be on Hulu soon. I strongly encourage that you take a look. Kind of puts those "urgent deliverables" in context.
For more see, LemonadeTheMovie.com