The idea is to have a life that’s completely free from the shackles of professional protocol as a free agent of creativity rather than a suit-and-tie automaton. The idea is to get to the point where I’m not nervously pitching new ventures to bemused junior executives in the hopes that they’ll put a word in with their superiors, but to be the one picking up the phone and handing assignments to those under my employ. The idea is to operate on a whole other level, far removed from the sick game of empty pleasantries and conference calls and round-table meetings. And I’ll get there one day. It’ll be a while.
For now, I remain tethered to the song-and-dance of business life. As of a couple years ago, this involves having a profile on the haughtiest of social networks, LinkedIn (and seriously, doesn’t “LinkedIn” sound like the name of a boyband from the late 90s?). The whole thing is pretty silly, acting like one hilariously long, extended, hyper-padded resume. But one nifty little feature which other social networks lack is the ability to see who’s been looking at your profile. This adds a whole other layer of awkwardness to the proceedings– and while I thrive on awkwardness, other members choose to make their profiles private to avoid exposing themselves as the e-creepers they clearly are. So LinkedIn will tell you who visited your profile, but in some cases it’ll only give you certain details.
Sometimes… sometimes it gets pretty darn cryptic.