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"Start doing the work you want to be doing." - Austin Kleon



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Andrew

Hello, and welcome to reposted

. In the next few moments, we'll be breaking down the posts that we have found to be inspiring, interesting, or otherwise entertaining quotes that catch our eye and we feel are worth a deeper look. Thank you for stopping by. Today, Larry dressed up for the podcast, and I'm very excited about the way he looks. Go over to our YouTube channel, you can check it out. We are looking at a quote today from Austin kleon. He's a Best New York Times bestselling author. This is from his book steal like an artist. He says, you have to dress for the job you want, not the job you have. And you have to start doing the work you want to be doing. I was thinking about this this morning, I heard dress for the job you want early on in my career, and I think I've subscribed to it. I think it's a little bit antiquated. Now with people being a lot more casual during work. But the second part of this quote really speaks to me is start doing the work that you want to be doing. Whether it's your career, or anything you want to do in life, I think you have to start doing something before someone starts paying you to do it. Like if you want to do a job, be willing to do it for free first, because 99% of the time, you're not going to get paid to start working before you're good at it.


Larry

I love that you brought this guy to my world, I had no idea who he was Austin kleon. He's super cool. And it's really simple to read. And it's an easy book, I immediately saw this job and I focused or This quote is focused on the first part of it. Yeah, because my very first internship out of college, I was a broadcaster. And I went to work for K rock in Los Angeles. And I went for this internship. And I wore like nice ish clothes. Like I wear a button up shirt and some nice slacks ish type things. And that's not how you're supposed to go to K rock, supposed to be like a rocket shorts and a T shirt. And


Andrew

you're supposed to gain 80 pounds and wearing oversized hockey jersey.


Larry

Yeah, and I wasn't getting it that you're just supposed to be more casual in the job. And I connect this to, you know, if I would have gone how I thought a chaotic worker would have looked like, I would have probably done better there. But I went thinking about some old school idea of how you're supposed to go to work. I know that goes with my first job and all but I love this quote.


Andrew

I think it's kind of a mindset though, right? So I've my first job my, one of my first jobs was in construction. And I would wear jeans and like a polo to work every day, which for the job site was fine. But then when I moved into the office, my boss told me the side is like, Hey, man, you look like a homeless person you need to work. And I would say from that point on, I was probably I dressed more like the executives of the company than people on my level. And that mentally for me gave me something and it doesn't necessarily have to be a suit or business attire. It's just a mindset of how, how you approach what you're doing.


Larry

I think it just gives you confidence, whatever it might be. And so like just taking that property of transition. Now, you're an actor. Do you dress that way ever? Like at home versus going on auditions? Yeah, that's


Andrew

a weird thing. Because you're supposed to dress well. There's different schools of thought some people say for an audition dress that makes you feel like the character like if I'm supposed to be a 1950s 50s cop, like I should wear a white pressed shirt. But then I've also heard the mentality that like dress the opposite of what they ask you. So that's kind of a weird thing. But I think being an actor, the second part of this quote applies, you have to start doing the work you want to be doing. Most actors have to work for free for a long time. And I guess, shifting from acting to this podcast, I think we both would like to make a full time living or some some version of getting paid to do this, but we're doing it because of the work we want to be doing. And maybe the money will come.


Larry

I love Austin kleon because one of the main things he says is he talks a lot about side hustles but also says have a day job. Have a regular job, but save your good stuff. For your dream job. Don't use your good stuff at your boring day job be boring there, and then use all your good stuff at your your side hustle.


Andrew

Yeah. And I mean, yeah, that's a very practical way of looking at it. Because you you have to when you have three kids and you work two jobs at CVS, like you need to be able to be boring at that job. But you have the harness.


Larry

He says he's this great, quote, risk being boring in the everyday world so that you have the space to be wild and daring in your imagination and your real work.


Andrew

Do you find that you're boring? I don't think I can kind of imagine your day and I don't know what's boring about it except for your nap.


Larry

Do totally I love the idea of you know, been in the radio world for a gazillion years had to do these trips and you go It's like a press junket where you go in, there's 1000 other people, and you're someone's giving a speech and I play it way boring. Like, I'm just like boring, boring, boring. Then the red light comes on. And I'm like, wow. Like, I save it for the show. Like, I hope sometimes you get that, like, we're kind of screwing around. And then I'm like, man, I want the good stuff to be the recorded stuff. I always try to save the good stuff for the when the red lights on. That doesn't work for everybody, because I'm in radio, but it's somehow work. It's so save this, save your good, like, Hey, man, we all got to go pay the bills, right? I got to go be a dentist or whatever it is. But there's a part of you. They're like, Hey, man, I'd love to start this side project, which most people don't. And then you could funnel all the good stuff there. I don't know, maybe people would disagree with that. No, I


Andrew

don't think so. I think I hear more the most the thing I hear the most is I want to be doing x. And I'm applying for jobs, or I'm asking people to hire me to do it. And I think that's a disconnect. That from my train of thought to what I think people should be doing is don't wait for someone to tell you to do it. Just start doing it. Like don't wait for someone to hand you a pair of rollerblades just start cruising down the street. Hey, man.


Larry

Would you bring rollerblades into this? Big. It was a little deep. But in backing up that Austin kleon says you got to just have a willingness to look stupid. Like I love this idea of Amen. Your your family, your friends might say like why are you doing this side project? That's stupid. But you have to have this willingness to sort of satisfy satisfy that thing you want to get out of you and just do it anyways.


Andrew

Yeah, I like that willingness to look stupid. He has this TED Talk to promote his book steal like an artist. And he talks about there's no such thing as an original idea. So like, whatever you come up with isn't original. So whatever you're doing, is that stupid. Someone else has done it before. So you can just be like, hey, somebody else already did this.


Larry

Wait a minute. Has somebody else already done a podcast called repost it? Wait a minute. I think originally, there's really no six minute podcasts out there. This is the only true six minute podcast.


Andrew

Well, that's things because I'm looking at the clock and it says seven minutes right. If you want to learn how to read time, please reach out. You can find this at reposting podcast on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. I'm Andrew Keller from Winnie the Pooh. So thanks for stopping by.


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