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A Little Happier: Why Andy Warhol (and I) Want To Have a Boss–on Retainer.

I agree wholeheartedly with Andy Warhol. Sometimes I wish I had a boss who could tell me what to do, so I wouldn’t have to figure it out myself.

Often, for me, the toughest part is figuring out what to tell myself to do.

Here’s the actual quotation, from The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again), a book I love and have re-read several times:

When I think about what sort of person I would most like to have on a retainer, I think it would be a boss. A boss who could tell me what to do, because that makes everything easy when you’re working.

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Like Andy Warhol, Would You Like to Have a Boss on Retainer? I Sure Would.

“When I think about what sort of person I would most like to have on a retainer, I think it would be a boss. A boss who could tell me what to do, because that makes everything easy when you’re working.”

–Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again)

I like Andy Warhol’s art, but I love his writing.  He is the most extraordinarily interesting writer and observer of human nature. I find myself quoting him all the time, and this is one of the lines that I quote most often.

I find that so true about work — that the hardest part about working is telling yourself what to do.  Once you know what to do, things get much easier.

Note the genius, too, of specifying a boss on retainer. Not a boss all the time! Just when you want one.

How about you? Do you ever wish you could hire a boss on retainer, to tell you what to do?