All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down

Does the boldness of youth breed the stability of experience? Or do most people not want to do hard work and avoid any risk after significant career success?

In the past year I have witnessed and read about people who reach a certain point in their career (not sure of the exact point….) where they tend to be less focused on change and progress and more on stability and mitigating risks.

Some Examples

– The VP of Human Resources who was a superstar at their previous employer, only to thwart change at their current position under the guise of ‘keeping things stabilized’.

– The salesperson who was a big producer for years; now they focus on ‘account management’ and keeping their customers – haven’t sold anything big in a long time.

OR  ??

I Was A Golden Child

This is a bit of the glory days talk.  “Back in 1998 I was leading this deal…”  Yet there is no penchant or fire for this work now.  So maybe resting on our laurels?

Trading Hard Work For Working Hard

I know what hard work is.  Instead of that, I want to just work hard – keep busy, get paid.  The difference between hard work and working hard is here at Seth Godin’s blog.

From the famous Hank Williams, Jr. song, All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down):

“corn bread and ice tea took the place of pills and ninety-proof,
and it seems like none of us do things quite like we used to do”


How about you?  Have you settled down?  Eating the proverbial cornbread or tearin’ it up with your figurative best buddy Johnny Walker (Blue)?


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