Do You Ever Wish You Could Hire a Boss?I’m not a huge fan of Andy Warhol’s visual art, but I’m a devoted fan of his writing. (Sidenote: it’s striking how many visual artists are brilliant writers, for instance, I love Eugene Delacroix’s Journal and Edward Weston’s Daybooks).

What interests me about Andy Warhol is that he makes seemingly obvious observations in very simple language — and yet, upon reflection, I often realize that he has managed to articulate something very subtle. As one of my Secrets of Adulthood holds:

It’s very important, and surprisingly difficult, to grasp the obvious.

For instance, I read this passage from The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: (From A to B and Back Again) several weeks ago, and while it didn’t particularly grab my attention while I was reading it, I find my thoughts repeatedly returning to it. The more I think about this observation, the more profound it becomes.

Andy Warhol wrote:

When I think about what sort of person I would most like to have on a retainer, I think it would be a boss. A boss who could tell me what to do, because that makes everything easy when you’re working.

That’s it, I keep thinking. That’s it! I wish I could have a boss on retainer. (Note Warhol’s nuance of having a boss “on retainer.”)

As the boss of myself, I often wish I had someone to set my priorities, to give me assignments to start and finish, and to tell me how to improve—or better yet, to give me some gold stars.

Telling myself what to do, and then doing what I have to do… it’s challenging. Self-command isn’t easy.

How about you? Do you ever wish you had a boss on retainer? Even if you already have a permanent, real boss.

If you’re interested in writing, check out the blog Jeff Goins Writer. Lots to read and think about there.

Want to get my free monthly newsletter? February’s newsletter is going to feature a big reveal! (well, it seems big to me.) It highlights the best of the month’s material from the blog and the Facebook Page. Sign up here or email me at gretchenrubin1@gretchenrubin.com.

 


Comments


View Comments / Leave a Comment

This post currently has 1 comments.
You can read the comments or leave your own thoughts.

Trackbacks

No trackbacks yet to this post.


    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 11 Mar 2012
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

APA Reference
Rubin, G. (2012). Do You Ever Wish You Could Hire a Boss?. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 22, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/03/11/do-you-ever-wish-you-could-hire-a-boss/

 

Recent Comments
  • Archie G.: One weakness of this widely reported study is that defines masturbation and intercourse poorly and...
  • Dr. Sam: Got his book! As a contributor on topics such as Narcissism, I have always thought that Narcissists go on...
  • Jennifer: I just bailed out on a volunteer activity I had committed to because I didn’t want to do it to begin...
  • Lisa Tibbitts: I am concerned because this article is meant to be educating from a reliable psychologically based...
  • Jack64: I work in the Technology sector. I have had this stuff happen to me multiple times. I’ve had people...
Subscribe to Our Weekly Newsletter


Find a Therapist
Enter ZIP or postal code



Users Online: 11143
Join Us Now!