A Serious Hobby

And then there are the companies that work to get better than the competition every day. They know the weaknesses that cost them the most, the strengths that help them overcome poor performance in other areas. They know how they stack up against the competition, and against the very best, piece by piece as well as in total. Sounds like a profession.

Whether you golf, ski, bike, run or garden for fun outside the office, make sure that inside it you run your business like a pro. Your email address will not be published. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Or who run the ultra-marathon. Or who fashion canoes out of oak trees.


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In a weird way, they dont need to DO much. Their hobby is so esoteric that it achieves cult status automatically. Can I come over and see them sometime? Quality renders quantity redundant, and that is the single characteristic that defines Serious Hobbies of the First Kind. Its like climbing the Everest. You dont need to do it every summer to call yourself a top mountaineer. Serious Hobbies of the Second Kind I also envy, albeit to a lesser degree, the hobbies where you can boggle minds with sheer numbers.

You absolutely have to have the numbers if your avocation is more commonplace than the ones in the first category. If you collected stamps, for instance, you had better own a larger number of them than the kid next door. If you claim to play the piano, you had better know more than just the two tunes.

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It is also important to note that the numerical standards of excellence in this kind of hobby are commonly understood, objective, and indisputable. Serious Hobbies of the Third Kind Reading falls under the third and most tricky category, because in order for it to qualify as a serious hobby, one must have read a fair number of books, and a large number of them must ALSO be of some critically acclaimed quality.

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Moreover, exactly HOW many, and WHO sets the quality standards is left undefined, and the latter is hotly disputed as well. Ergo, every man fancies himself a reader: Are we all, then, readers? And if not, who is to lay down the guidelines? These difficult questions are exactly what make reading such a painful hobby to classify. In order to define the standards of this hobby, I believe we need to go beyond the usual enumeration or qualification of the Object collected, and describe it in terms of the behavior of the Hobbyist, instead.

I believe there are three broad stages involved in the transition of a hobby from frivolity to seriousness. At some point, though, talking to laymen about your hobby begins to get embarrassing, because you are by now aware of the immense possibilities of the field, of your own limitations, and of the sheer effort it will take to explain your passion to someone who may not understand.

You then stop talking about your hobby except to those likely to offer good advice. This is Stage Two. You derive satisfaction from a word of encouragement from someone who should know, someone you look up to as member of an elite group who has attained levels to which you possibly do not even aspire.


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You stretch yourself hard with the objective of attaining membership to this august club. Think of the fairly well-knit club of people who attend Crossword Puzzle or Trivia competitions regularly. Or who go mountain-biking on summer weekends. Or who attend play-readings with regularity. So it is with reading, and so it is with me. I have clear opinions about which books I enjoy, and which books I believe are trash, and I have no intention of changing your mind for you if you disagree with me. The objective of this blog, which is going to be devoted to my book-reading obsession, is not evangelical; it is to record, largely for my own benefit, my thoughts and reactions to the books I read, in the manner of a diary.

I hope you enjoy reading it, and that you will post comments that will point me to more books, and they, in their turn, to still other books, that I may read and love.

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One lifetime is far too short. I am thirty-eight as I write this: I cannot conceivably read every book I would like to, in my lifetime; however, I intend to die trying…. I love your other followers. Good post and blog. Can potentially help reduce the pain for others in search of good books. But than that may not be serious enough hobby of the third kind! Thanks for a marvelous posting!

I really enjoyed reading it, you might be a great author. I will be sure to bookmark your blog and will come back later on. I want to encourage you to continue your great writing, have a nice weekend! What completes this book are the side notes that didn't make it into the original reviews, the conversations about the conversations. There you learn what Bermant got to do with Barry Gibb, I won't spoil it.

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