Do the wrong thing

By Brother Void
Published December 6, 2002 6:03PM (EST)

"Make the right mistake. "
-- Yogi Berra

There are times in life when you're lost and no job or career path feels right. You're doing something, but you're doing it halfheartedly. When you find yourself drifting and slacking like this, remember: you don't have to know what you're doing, you just have to do it as hard as you possibly can.

It's only when you do something with all your heart that you find out what it is you're really doing. When everything feels kind of wrong, you have to choose one wrong thing and work really hard at it. This will help you see your way clear to the next wrong thing, and the next, until you reach some right thing -- if you ever do. Obviously, working hard at the wrong thing may result in irritability, depression, embezzlement or industrial sabotage. But this is a small price to pay for finding your true life's work.

I don't know what I'm doing, but I'm doing it as hard as I possibly can.

Reprinted with permission from "Daily Afflictions" by Andrew Boyd, published by W.W. Norton. To order a copy, click here

Brother Void

Brother Void is the alter ego of Andrew Boyd. More information about Brother Void and his book, "Daily Afflictions," can be found at his Web site.

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