The Blur

This is a guest post from Carlos Miceli.

Photo cred: Ségozyme

There are two reasons why anyone would want their business life to meddle in their personal life: more money or more freedom.

If your job or projects are going to get in the way of your leisure time, they better make you some cash, or help you enjoy life more. The problem is most people are working harder and the money or freedom never comes.

Take social media for example. There’s an air of business-like responsibility once you get involved in it. Business concepts like deadlines and networks get together with more philosophical terms like authenticity and transparency, and the result is a set of rules that you can’t ignore even if you are there “just for fun.” The reason this happens is because in social media there are no fences. People doing business and people being social are in the same room.

This is positive for those that work with social media. But for those that don’t, they see their social life getting tainted by these professional impositions like personal branding that force them to be more professional in their social life. I’m not even sure there’s any way to avoid this, but I’m sure many people didn’t choose it. And the worst part? All these people are not even getting richer; they are just getting busier.

These rules brought more responsibilities and fewer payoffs.

The real opportunity of this blur is to get more freedom, but it’s not what capitalism wants you to do (despite its claims of the contrary). People that have let their business and personal life unite in a positive way, have improved either the amount, location, or schedule of their work. Sadly, very few people have made this possible. To pull it off you need either a very valuable set of skills that let you negotiate effectively your professional life, or you need to be very good at critical thinking to develop a customized professional life of your own.

In the end, this fusion of rules may be disguised as a positive change, but I doubt that most people are enjoying its perks. It seems to me that we are only complicating our lives with it.

What do you think? Is this change good? Did we want this to happen?  Would you go back if you had the choice?

Carlos is an Argentinian philosophy lover, who surfs through life smiling, debating and reading. He blogs at OwlSparks, and is also co-founder of Untemplater, the guide to shatter the template lifestyle!  Follow him on Twitter @carlosmic.

2 thoughts on “The Blur

  1. Wow- heavy stuff here, Carlos. I see your points, but disagree. Social media is part of business now and will only continue to gain steam. And, because of its social nature, it’s become intertwined with personal life, too

    Social media has definitely added to the things I feel I need to do, but it’s also offered me value that far outweighs the negatives that come with the extra work.

    The rules are definitely complicated, and the fusion of personal life and business life can be difficult, but ultimately it’s made me a better professional and communicator and has only improved my social life with new connections and perspectives.

    I may not be richer monetarily as a result of social media and the rules that go along with mixing personal and social, and I may not have more freedom, but I have gained in other ways.

    Thanks for a thought-provoking post, Carlos!


  2. I’ve mostly worked out of a home office since 1987 and that had, and still has some of the same challenges today as the “blur” does. Obviously some people sink in the “blur”, however many are making it work to their advantage.

    Many people I notice are having fun with those they are doing business with, and yes there are more connections, and opportunities for business. The social networking leads to business and the business leads to social networking and we are all becoming better communicators for it. I think in the end, we will all be the richer from it.

    A great post, though I am more in agreement with Tom’s great comment.


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