Mr Muddle


Embrace the muddle.

Not just mud, but ‘muddle’ is a way to embrace the failure of being ‘certain’ and ‘normal’ as outlined in Barry Hopson’s piece “Portfolio careers ‘hint at a new atmosphere of muddle’”.

  • “I  just loved a letter to the Financial Times from Jim Sanders in the US in which he states that ‘Concepts such as portfolio careers, artfully deconstructed jeans, deconstructed jackets, retro T-shirts and male moisturisers hint at a new atmosphere of muddle’…The quotation does embody beautifully the difference between what we all thought was ‘certain’ and ‘normal’ in the last century and the unpredictability and to some people the craziness of what is happening around us now. We know that not everyone enjoys ‘muddle’ but speaking personally what I love about having a portfolio career is the fact that I do not know what might happen next but I do know that tomorrow or perhaps next year is likely to be quite different from today. Muddling sounds good to me…”

‘Portfolio Working’ has long been linked to my other web interest of ‘Dynamic Work’ (which was my full time job for a year). Both embrace the failure of conventional modes of working by outlining more flexible approaches to structuring and managing workplaces. A portfolio is by definition a hedge against failing to know the definitive path.  So instead you opt for several paths in the expectations that one of them (or the combination) will get you there.  Of course, such indeterminate modes can fluster many and leave them in a bit of a, well, ‘muddle’. But that’s not a bad thing, but an opportunity for new possibilities.

Then there is Hugh’s ominous portent from his latest book ‘Freedom is Blogging in Your Underwear’ to add motivation for hedging one’s occupational bets…

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