The truth about the average human being is that, regardless of what he claims to want, he will avoid the difficult decisions and the undesirable tasks, even if they represent the path to the outcome or future he desires. The proven reality is that most people will change their desires, even their values, before they will change their behavior.
Now, the question we must face is, are we most people?”
The Win Without Pitching Manifesto, by Blair Enns
We should be more cognizant of the reason we use the word “pay” to talk about what we do with our attention. Our attention is precious, and limited. We should dole it out only to the things that really matter. We should more freely part with our money.
The Next Chapter
Since I left Fantasy Flight Games to go freelance in 2008 I’d been telling people I didn’t think I’d ever have a boss again — that there wasn’t a full-time job I’d ever be interested in having. It turns out that I was wrong, I just didn’t know what kind of offer it would take.
Out of the blue this summer, a former boss called me and began the process of recruiting me to come work at RiverKey Creative, a design firm in Kansas City. At the end of September, I started work there as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. RiverKey does websites, animation, motion graphics, and video production. Many of their marquee clients are pro sports teams. It’s a phenomenal job title and so far, a challenging and exciting place to work. There’s a ton of heavy lifting to do, but it’s work that plays to my strengths and experience. It’s almost eerie how well-tailored I am to do this exact thing.
Perhaps obviously, this means that we’re moving from the Twin Cities to Kansas City. For the moment I’m commuting weekly: Flying down to KC on Mondays and back to Minneapolis on Fridays so we can spend the weekend, at least, as a family. This is clearly no long-term solution. We’ve rented out our house in Roseville starting in December and the whole family will move shortly thereafter. We’re currently in the process of figuring out where exactly we’re going to live. It won’t be challenging to find a great place — real estate is relatively inexpensive and the schools on the Kansas side of the border are truly excellent.
All of this means that with a very short list of exceptions — most of them involving finishing out existing contracts — I’m taking a long-term break from tabletop game design. I love that work, but this opportunity will never recur and I’ve been designing those games for 15 years, now. They’ll get along without me.
Wish me luck, and if you know people in the Kansas City area… warn them!