I first encountered the Holstee Manifesto upon visiting my roommate’s art studio for the first time. I had been wanting to see his studio since I had moved into the flat, but fighting a losing battle at work 10-12 hours a day, paying witness to an unraveling relationship and coming to grips with my mother falling ill had delayed me this simple freedom for over a year. After reading the poster, I immediately gained a new respect for my roommate, his life of pursuing his passion in art, and most importantly, myself. I wish I had not stalled that visit as I would have been able to put so much of the Holstee Manifesto to use in those trying times.
A large portion of my troubles have come from the fact that I am a professional job hopper. I have worked for the boston celtics, built fences, brokered commercial real estate deals, bartended, taught freshman algebra, tried to save starving children, coached baseball, founded a food truck, served fried fish to Joe Montana, spun lies labeled as PR in D.C., fueled millionaire’s private jets in nantucket, and even sold postage meters.
I am an idealist and want to love my job. Thus after a long depressing second stint in the real estate industry, I left my suit, tie and regular use of the razor in February of this year. I am now a professional tricyclist in the most beautiful city in the United States of America.
I get paid to exercise. I work outdoors. Everyone I encounter is happy to see me. When I am pressured from external factors that I should move on from my job, I read the Holstee Manifesto and just take a day at a time knowing that I’m happy with my job for the first time. If you don’t like your job, quit. That is true. But what is also true is that if you love your job, do not quit. Happiness is worth more than a larger paycheck. And if one is happy and following their passion the right people and relationships will follow.
P.S. I’m second from the left in the picture.