The hard work is thinking about wha you want to write and writing it!
However, while I am personally grateful for the fact that I don’t work in an office I admit there are many advantages to doing so, and there is a reason why office cultures still exists, even as they have evolved and, presumably, will continue to do so.
The hard, scary stuff that you don’t know is almost always difficult to think about, and so you avoid it, categorising it as boring. Until you actually get started, and you dig deep and find out that, actually, the really challenging, complex stuff is the most rewarding and enjoyable of all the work there is.
Although it can be worrisome to think, ‘I don’t know enough about X’, ‘I wish I had the time to better understand Y,’ it isn’t - or shouldn’t be - a lack of knowledge itself causing the anxiety.
Being not a corporation means being more agile to face the increasing amount of uncertainty that exists all around us.
Murphy tells a story about how, commercially, Overpowered was killed before it even began. A copy of the finished but as yet unreleased record was given to a decision maker at BBC Radio 1.
It has taken five years, but now - very recently, in fact - I've given up working weekends. Well, let me qualify that statement. What I should say is that I have given up habitually working weekends at what is now my day job.
When a project is successful, I want to look back at what I did, what others did, and how did those elements work together to produce a successful outcome.
And it seems obvious if not a little cliched to say that to really understand something one needs to go deeper, away from the shallow end, away from familiar surroundings.
Breakthroughs, by contrast, are disruptive, unavoidable.
The FYEP is quite designed to transport you, in five years, from one way of working to another. Not a total career change (unless that is what you want), more like a springboard into the front line.
For one thing, we live in an age where it is not enough to know, to consume, your value - your expertise - is definitely measured by how much you contribute.