Friday, December 05, 2008

Friday Poll - How Hard Are You Trying?

This week's poll, suggested by J, looks at effort.

Are you busting your balls? Or are you coasting? Or something in-between? Vote now, in the right hand column of this blog.

And on the wider question... are the most successful creatives the ones who are trying the hardest? Or is it better to be more laid-back?

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P.S. Comment moderation is now on. I met up with Ben of If This Is A Blog... the other day and he said it was working out really well for him. So I'm going to try it. Also, please note change to comment policy. Personal attacks no longer allowed. We can still critique work, but not each other. Goal isn't to make this place more boring, just more positive.

29 comments:

Bloggy blog blog said...

off the subject scamp, but i saw your barnado's break the cycle ad on a big tv last night. i have to admit, i wasn't a big fan when i saw it small on your blog, but it does have a real power to it on the big screen - especially sandwiched between tesco and can't remember what else.

Anonymous said...

I think judging how hard you work depends on whether you can justify watching you tube and reading blogs as work.

I naturally feel guilty when doing this (as a recent graduate i'm probably still in part time job mode).

but the way i see it, you need to get inspiration one way or the other, work seems like a good time and place.

]-[appy Thought said...

I think 50 - 90 is too wide a gap to get any insight Scamp, can we edit that group into 3 or something? Otherwise I'm guessing most of the results will be in this category.

Scamp said...

Happy Thought I'm loathe to change it now as there have been 34 votes already. I do think you're right, most of the votes will probably be in that area. I guess what I'm really interested in is how many will be in the top and bottom categories.

Anonymous said...

coast till Christmas, then we'll see about doing some work in the new year. I'm tired.

George said...

90 to 100.
Always.
Unless there was an awards do the night before.

Anonymous said...

Where does your vote lie Scamp?
You strike me as a 100% sort of man.

Anonymous said...

I put 10-50, but I don't consider that lazy. I've learnt that I don't produce much unless I spend at least 50% of my time on the internet or gazing out of the window. I remember being in my first job at BMP a long time ago and giving it 100% - at work, at home and in my sleep - Mark Reddy looked at our work and told us we were trying too hard. It took a good few years to learn how not to - (not that it made me a genius, but good enough to get by.)

Anca said...

I think this subject is somehow related to Ben's "Does The Novelty Wear Off..." post. As creatives, we're by default set to function on principles that are visibly different from the glorious-"sweat"-bringing ones. Trying hard leads to stress. Stress leads to inhibition (I call it constipation). And let's not mistake pressure for stress. Pressure leads to organising your work/ideas and also helps you focus. Stress leads to complete mess, panic and inability to focus.
And more, communication, especially in advertising, is not only about delivering information, but about inducing feelings also. If you're always uptight and wrapped in thoughts like "I should try harder.", that's how your message will sound.

Still, creativity requires talent and talent requires hard work if you want to fully exploit it -- only try playing an instrument and you'll see what I mean.

The question is not "How hard are you trying?" but "Do you feel anything when you try hard?" Because if you do, you've chosen the wrong job. (Intimate physical interaction is energy consuming and produces 360* changes in metabolism; still, no one complains.) If you enjoy it and are always curious where it could take you, then that's how your audience will feel about your work, too. Novelty that never wears off.

Scamp said...

11.39 it sounds like you know me. Yes, I am a bit of a try-hard. Unfortunately, I'm not always putting 100% effort into work, because I'm doing this blog, or writing my book. But yes, I'm not the person who can spend the afternoon in the pub, I'm one of those people who's always trying at something.

In my defence, I think I'd say that no creative can really try hard 100% of the time. You need to re-charge, and get stimulus. CD'ing you can probably do full tilt, but coming up with ideas, not.

If This Is A Blog Then What's Christmas said...

Good comments all the way.

Have you had to censor any yet?

Scamp said...

Just one and even that was marginal. Sorry to whoever it was.

Anonymous said...

I work in healthcare and have clicked 10-50% I think that's worth about 200% when transferred to real advertising.

I struggle to get out of bed on a morning.

Anonymous said...

what happens when you're at an agency that isn't that busy. I've not done fuck all all week, i don't consider myself lazy. It's nice to have a few days doing nothing and going home early. Maybe watch Family guy on hulu or whatever. Then once a brief comes in, you can give it your all.

Anonymous said...

talent reveals itself through more hard work. genius reveals itself through less.

Anonymous said...

i'm interested in the top and bottom categories also

Anonymous said...

Yes itiabtwc, it's all so civil, isn't it? Would you be so kind as to pass me the butter?

Anonymous said...

Hey Scamp. Slightly off topic, but did you hear about that copywriter who couldn't get work for love nor money in this country so he went to the US. I don't know how it works in the US but he phoned up some agency and they asked him what his hourly rate was. He said $50 or something. They said they weren't interested. Next day he phoned up and when asked the same question he said $150. They invited him in and gave him work. F*@king genius. He's back in this country now though. Looking for work!

Anonymous said...

I'm working 95% hard because I'm a junior in a small department. And you know what... it's ruddy paying off n'all!

I do need a nice long holiday though. I'll be dead by 30.

Anonymous said...

Will you put up Kate Moss's comments if she writes any more?

Scamp said...

Of course. She doesn't make any personal attacks. Except on her own genitals I suppose.

Paul said...

Anyone not working 100% in the recession won't survive it

m denton esq said...

Because a big percentage of what we do feels like fun, does that count as hard work?

ps............I'm going to miss some of those personal attacks. My only problem was that they were all anonymous.

Anca said...

Mark

That's exactly what I meant, it is work, but it isn't hard -- which is why I couldn't vote anything over 50%. If 100% of the time you feel like you're working hard, it leaves 0% for actually enjoying what you do. That's worrying.

jr.kreative said...

95% till next year! 5% for breaks hahaa, for my self -promotion stuffs & applying jobs.

Wal said...

90-100 it is. cheesy wotsits do count as a random boring quirk we reckon.

Anonymous said...

I've that how hard you work relies an awful loton the culture of your Agency. Luckily my place encourages us to 'have a life' outside of work and still manages to win awards now and again as well as be seen as a very innovative one.

Obviously passion for your work is the most important thing. If you're passionate, you'll work your arse off to produce something good. If you're not working as hard as you probably should, chances are you're not that passionate about the work you're doing and therefore probably in the wrong agency for you.

It's not about putting the hours in. It's about putting the right hours in.

Beaten. Beaten like a dog. said...

I really, really, really wish i could put myself in the 90-100% bracket.

But when the client always buys the first idea you have - the most literal, unadventurous, tooth-grindingly obvious idea you have - it's a real struggle to want to burn the midnight oil coming up with an awesome idea, only to watch it go straight to the bottom drawer.

Time after time after time.

Palmer said...

85% of the time at 85%, and the rest of the time at %100.

You always need to leave a bit for when you really need it, and not burn yourself out.