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Best of 2014: #1 Howard Needed A New Hobby

December 31, 2014

The most popular post for 2014 is probably not a surprise. It was posted about 6 weeks ago and still managed to garner the most views for the year. Howard Tayler was gracious enough to not only proofread it for me but also signal boosted it.

Before I talk about Schlock Mercenary (again,) I wanted to wish all the readers of this blog a Happy New Year and thank you all sincerely for the past year. I’m continually amazed that people find value in what I have to say. I’m excited for 2015 and am grateful for your support.

Now, on to the top post.

One of the ways I come up with ideas for blog entries is that I tend to jot down lots of things. They are not exactly full blown ideas. They are just something I find interesting. I always found it interesting that my friend Howard left his job at Novell to pursue his hobby of cartooning. And yet, not too long after embracing his hobby as his job he started a new hobby.

It was one of those, “Huh, that’s interesting” idea. I jotted it down and filed it away. Then, I was reading the book Influencer and came across the idea of the Over Justification Hypothesis. Essentially it says that when you get paid to do something you used to do for fun, it takes the fun out of it. Yes, that’s an oversimplification, but it explains why Howard needed to find a new hobby after he quit his job to pursue his passion.

Here’s the #1 Post from the year 2014, Howard Needed A New Hobby.

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