Stefan Sagmeister: The Power of Time Off
Wow! Turns out we’re all obsessed with not working for a while! Yesterday’s post actually resulted in a few emails from both strangers and friends asking about my time off: how I financed it, how I planned it, and how I convinced myself to jump off the ledge and just do it. I’m no expert at this, so I dug up what inspired me so I could share it with you.
Back when I first started seriously considering the idea of taking time off, I think I actually googled the word “sabbatical” just for fun to see what I’d find. One of the first things I saw was this video (below) of Stefan Sagmeister’s Ted talk, where he discusses closing his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical every seven years to rejuvenate and refresh his creative outlook.
At around 1:20 in, when he displays the timeline of how our life is broken up into learning, work, and retirement, I was sold; my decision was made. Breaking my retirement into mini-chunks earlier in life — when I was physically able to do it and actually enjoy it, rather than gambling on the hope of being alive in another twenty-five years and then hoping to be healthy and agile enough to travel around the world — made so much sense to me. Why wait? It also enticed me to go to Bali while I was still working and could afford to take the trip, a decision I’ve never regretted. (Though those wild dogs he mentions did scare me!)
A few teasers of what he got out of his time off:
- His job became a calling again, not just a job.
- He had fun.
- Over the long term, it was financially successful.
- Everything he created in the seven years following the sabbatical came out of that one year off.
So give it a watch. I hope you’ll find it as inspiring as I did.
A brilliant man! Thanks to watching The Power of Time Off nearly 3 years ago, my husband and I moved to Indonesia, started new jobs and now spend all our free time in Bali. We still need to get the year off part sorted, but thanks to Stefan sowing the seed, it’s more of a reality now than it ever was before. Thanks for sharing this great talk. Lottie