It’s not like a corporate job where the more you accumulate on your resume and the more hours you put in, the higher up you get; it’s simply not the case. That being said, if I had known that and known what kind of career I’d get into, I still would have pursued it.
If my career continues along its current arc, people will probably look at me and see a writer who is obsessed with the relationship between rich and poor and with how the rich somehow or other always manage to betray the poor, even when they don’t mean to.
I used to think no one should go into show biz, but now I feel differently. I now feel like it’s a great career. If you can do it and make money at it and still not be so famous that you can have a normal life – then I think it’s a great career.
Every industrious man, in every lawful calling, is a useful man. And one principal reason why men are so often useless is that they neglect their own profession or calling, and divide and shift their attention among a multiplicity of objects and pursuits.
Initially I had intended to study medicine, but before going to University I had decided that I would be better suited to a career in which I could concentrate my activities and interests more on a single goal than appeared to be possible in my father’s profession.
If bringing up the next generation is important, why aren’t they the best qualified, the best paid? Why aren’t we as concerned about their career progression as we are about those who work in the education or health services?