The Peter Principle: the idea that, in a job situation, you will be promoted until you reach your level of inefficiency.
I don’t know if you remember but I disappeared a while ago because I was applying for jobs. I want to stay with the company I’m with but I really wanted something a little more challenging. I saw two positions that fit in with my skills and previous work experience and interests. One was at a location where I would have to commute (booo!) but was dealing with things that I love to do (yay!!!!!). The other was where I work now, making a buttload of money (hells yeah!). We’re talking twice what I make now. But I could easily see myself tiring of it after a year. I really want to work at one place, one position for a while. I ended up not applying for the latter position but! But! I was offered the first position! I start in about a week and a half and I’m so excited I could scream!
A few years ago, I remember talking to a colleague while I was editing a handbook in InDesign. I looked at him and said, “Wouldn’t it be great to do this for a living? Editing and working on stuff like this?” Not necessarily creating new things or writing new things but taking something that already exists and making it pretty, better, more user-friendly? A whole job devoted to projects like that? A part of me
thought this could never happen as a) I don’t have a graphic design degree, although I really truly love graphic design and b) I don’t have a technical writing or creative writing degree. I thought I would have to go back to school or just keep dreaming.
This job, this job is exactly that without the need of the degree and design background (I have other experience that qualified me as well as a working knowledge f the software that’s used). I’m working on catalogs and handbooks. I don’t deal with students, clients, faculty, customers or the general public. Just me and my books. I don’t have to create them or write the text, I just update the info. Yes, I know there will be more to it and that’s a simplistic description but I’m excited. I’m living the dream!
I do live in constant fear of the Peter Principle. What if I take on more than I can do? What if I suck and can’t meet deadlines? What if I’m fired? There is a part of me that doesn’t want to take on any new challenges just for those reasons (and more). It’s easy to live within one’s ability for fear of failure and/or success. Fear is a powerful , powerful deterrent.
So yeah, that’s what I’m up to. I will have some posts coming in the very near future about my foray into refashioning shoes that’s bordering on disastrous. I’ve also been playing around with washi tape and glass pebbles. I’ve made some fun little things. Ooh, can’t forget about my abysmal adventures with no-sew liquid stitch and hem tape.