Zen Buddhist Alan Watts passed away, or transformed life in November, 1973 at the age of 58. He was an imaginative creature and I feel as if I could learn a lot from him and his writing.
[Alan Watts Wikipedia]
“Owning it” means being in control of your craft. The feeling that you got successful because you earned it fair and square, not just because you got lucky.
And that can take decades. In my case, I didn’t get successful at cartooning because I was tremendously talented at it from the age of ten, I wasn’t. I got good because I liked doing it and continually wanted to get better… and kept at it for many, many years.
You can own your career, control your own destiny; You don’t have to go for the executive position.. that is unless, it is something that you really want to own.
This idea of “ownership” is very much aligned with “mastery”. It can be in art, finance, law or lawn care. It involve sacrifice, dedication and time. Is it worth it? That is for you to decide, but from where I sit, it is one of life’s great treasures.
Hydle update — Yes, it is true… My father Les Hydle was put to rest last night, Sunday June 10th, 2012 at 10:00pm after suffering traumatic injuries from a motorcycle crash only 2 blocks from my home. He was not at fault in this accident … A driver turned left directly in front of him as he was leaving my neighborhood following a heartfelt visit to show me his newly purchased 2008 Yamaha Venture. This bike was his dream.
I was fortunate to have the opportunity of spending the last waking hour of my fathers life showing him adventures and telling him stories from incredible projects I have recently worked on. I made him sit and listen to music… the way he used to make me when I was a kid. He loved music – and he loved the music I was sharing with him. Our final moment will never be forgotten.
I can not say enough to all the support I have received from all my friends and family. Every visit, note, message, gift, thought and prayer has been felt and my family and I thank you.
I love you dad. And thank you for giving me the opportunity to watch you rev your engine one last time, and ride off on your new dream.