From the mailbag
Why can’t you manage your effort/energy better? It’s a little problem.
Two text-heavy slides from last year:
The same two slides, revised and expanded this year:
I can’t settle on what I know to be inferior.
I reckon we agree that some people shouldn’t teach. Maybe, like me, you think that’s pretty obvious.
What is less obvious to me, but what is also, honestly, no lie, probably true, is that I am one of them. I imagine this seems like a bit of pointless self-deprecation to most, but it’s an idea that’s made a lot of sense of a lot of frustration these last few weeks.
Like with those two slidedecks up there, I can’t settle on what I know to be inferior, no matter how much time it costs me. This is an attribute which, in my life, has always lived on the line between vice and virtue.
Once teaching and I met, however, it became fully vice. Teaching, like no other job I’ve worked, is greedy for that work ethic. It takes and doesn’t stop taking.
I used to think that relentlessness made me great for this job but now I’m not sure.