Half-Assed vs. Whole-Assed

This blog is written by Lee Gale Gruen to help Baby Boomers, seniors, retirees, and those soon to retire find joy, excitement, and satisfaction in life after retirement. Her public lecture on this subject is titled: “Reinventing Yourself in Your Retirement.” Her memoir, Adventures with Dad: A Father and Daughter’s Journey Through a Senior Acting Class, is available by clicking here Amazon.com. Click here for her website: http://AdventuresWithDadTheBook.com

CHITCHAT:  I will be giving free public lectures on the following dates, times, and locations:

September 9, 2018, 3:15pm, “Reinventing Yourself in Your Retirement,” THRIVE Expo –  sponsored by The Gazette newspaper, Hotel at Kirkwood Center, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 (No RSVP Required)

October 16, 2018, 1:00pm, “Reinventing Yourself in Your Senior Years,” The Holmstad Retirement Community, 700 W. Fabyan Pkwy, Batavia, IL 60510, (630) 239-1133, www.theholmstad.org  (RSVP REQUIRED)

October 17, 2018, 10:30am, “Reinventing Yourself in Your Senior Years,” Windsor Park Retirement Community, 124 Windsor Park Dr, Carol Stream, IL 60188, (331) 218-3637, www.windsorparkillinois.org (RSVP REQUIRED)

October 19, 2018, 10:30am, “Reinventing Yourself in Your Senior Years,” Covenant Village of Northbrook, 2625 Techny Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062, (224) 412-8421, www.covenantnorthbrook.org (RSVP REQUIRED)

Now, on to my blog:

DonkeysSome people put a tremendous amount of effort into what they do: jobs, leisure time, parenting, helping others, and so forth. Other people do as little as possible on such activities. Why is that?

Let’s look at the workplace for example. When I was working at my career as a probation officer, it was obvious to all my co-workers who the people were who really did a good job and who did as little as they could to just get by. The latter group was not bad enough to be fired; they managed to produce to the level of being barely competent. I could never understand their motivation or lack thereof.

The way I see it, even if you don’t particularly like your job or work, you still have to devote a significant number of hours to it.  It’s just too boring not to tackle your task with effort and enthusiasm. If you must do the time, do so in a way that brings reward to yourself.

Performing a half-assed job is fraught with negativity, yields feelings of inadequacy, and produces minimal reward.  Doing a whole-assed job gives you a sense of accomplishment, esteem from peers and superiors, and pride in yourself.  This dichotomy can be extrapolated to all areas of your life: your home, your work, your relationships, and your leisure time.

Even the great Albert Einstein worked a day job for seven years in a patent office before leaving to take over the chair in theoretical physics at the University of Zurich. Purportedly, he was well-liked and even received a promotion at that earlier, survival job which he referred to as his “cobbler’s trade.” 

If you must be a waiter while trying to bag that great acting role, why not be the best waiter you can be? Those seconds, minutes, hours, and so forth spent at the job are the same amounts of time deducted from your lifespan. So why not make them as rewarding to yourself as possible?


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2 responses to “Half-Assed vs. Whole-Assed

  1. Sha Blakely

    I ran across your blog when I googled acting over 60. I found a lot of interesting articles and blogs, but your interested me the most because it sounds more like me. Currently, I work with students with low academic achievement or at risk youth. I love working in schools, but it’s getting crazier each year. I think I would enjoy doing commercial acting or even small parts in TV or movies. I live close to NYC and can get there quickly since I live in Northern New Jersey. Maybe someone will see my reply and direct me to places where I can talk to people about doing acting in my spare time.

  2. The best place for a senior to learn about how to get into acting is by taking an acting class for seniors. You might want to read my memoir, “Adventures with Dad: A Father and Daughter’s Journey Through a Senior Acting Class,” available on amazon.com, which tells all about how I got into acting starting at age 60, and my journey to getting an agent and paid acting roles.

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