I got an email from a local web agency recently. I’ve done work for them in the past and it’s been okay to work with them. Nothing outstanding, but nothing terrible.

Recently we were talking about more work and when I talked about my limited schedule the owner took a bit of exception with that. Here is the gist of the email:

Wow, must be nice not to work that much and be so picky. I wish I could have such a cushy job.

Today we’re going to talk about my response to that. How it took 10 years to get where I am, and mostly I’ve just bought out of the “work all the time on anything mindset” that pervades so much of the tech community.