Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


Like Andy Warhol, Would You Like to Have a Boss on Retainer? I Sure Would.

October 25th, 2015

Episode 153 of 540 episodes

“When I think about what sort of person I would most like to have on a retainer, I think it would be a boss. A boss who could tell me what to do, because that makes everything easy when you’re working.” –Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again) I like Andy Warhol’s art, but I love his writing. He is the most extraordinarily interesting writer and observer of human nature. I find myself quoting him all the time, and this is one of the lines that I quote most often. I find that so true about work — that the hardest part about working is telling yourself what to do. Once you know what to do, things get much easier. Note the genius, too, of specifying a boss on retainer. Not a boss all the time! Just when you want one. How about you? Do you ever wish you could hire a boss on retainer, to tell you what to do?

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