When I was young, I had aspirations of being an English professor at some small ivied college where the autumns are cool and the co-eds are hot. I saw academia through rose-colored lenses. It would be an escape from the crush of competition, an escape from the madness of Madison Avenue I grew up with, and a cloister away from the banality of the real world.
That didn't work out.
I ran out of money for grad school.
I got a job in advertising.
Here's the thing for me about advertising.
I absolutely love it.
For all the stupidity and cravenness and crap of today, there are people I enjoy spending my days with.
I love the work of doing work.
I love that I am versatile enough to work in all media channels.
I even love my clients for their ails, and woes and problems.
There are times, of course, I get down-trodden.
I fall into that natural Semitic trait of carrying, Job-like, the woes of the world on my shoulders.
And there are times when the business gets to me.
And, I'll admit, at the end of the day, I leave advertising and recharge myself in a good book.
Just because you hate it somedays doesn't mean you hate it.
The truth is, there's really nothing else I'd rather do.