So I tried to be super cool and geeky and get a link for this, but it seems all the links I could find were nothing of what I was looking for. So I will just make the reference without a link and you can all go out and find it for yourselves (but this is a minor reference so I have now made more of it then it calls for at this time already). In his book Brewin Up a Business, Sam Calagione, talks at one point of spending time with information outside of the beer industry while building his brewery. This is some great advice not only for those looking to build a brewing or beer related business but for those looking to succeed in any area.
The definition of insanity still holds at doing the same thing over and over again, while expecting different results. This is a trite answer but its truth is still relevant. Focusing solely into one area can lead you down a path of continually making the same mistakes. Whats worse is you don’t even know you are making those mistakes. A good beer judge knows to reenergize their palate and nose by turning away and smelling something different or tasting something like a cracker. It is in this process that they can be refreshed to reapproach the sample before them.
I like to keep up with the happenings over at Geek and Sundry. I am a big fan of the guild (I still have friends how are very much like these guys) and Will Wheaton’s show Tabletop is great. Last night I was catching up on Sword and Lazer. The show is one about sci fi and fantasy books, where the hosts can take an indepth look at the stories (this is starting to sound familier).
One of the episodes I caught last night brought some insite that was resting in the back of my mind. A question posed to the author they were interviewing on this episode posed how much he might be reading solely for pleasure. His answer pretty much brought out alot of my own thoughts. When you become mired in what you do, you can lose site of the reasons why you were there in the first place.
This isn’t to say that you loose your passion or your love for what you are doing (but you can get to that point). What can and does happen though, it comes to a point at times when you find you just don’t have the time to do it solely for the pleasure of doing it.
Time for a pint…