The trouble with life is that too often things aren’t black and white enough. Nothing is ever just fantastic or terrible, it’s a sickening combination of both and the combination of the two just add up to life feeling… meh.
The easiest example that comes to mind of something good being mixed with something bad is the podcast “How I Build This with Guy Raz.”
The podcast itself is fantastic because it’s a podcast that talks with some of the best entrepreneurs and innovators in the world.
Who wouldn’t want to hear Sara Blakey talk about what she went through to invent Spanx? The story of her journey selling fax machines door to door at age 27; before using her innovative spirit to transform her life is so inspiring. Her rags to riches story is heart warming and the perfect way to spend my morning on the train.
Then it’s all ruined by Guy Raz.
Guy is a radio host for NPR and is often referenced in very high regards by his peers.
Unfortunately for me I find the high pitched, patronising and twinky porn voice he interviews his guests with makes the podcast almost unbearable.
The worst part is that when you listen to live episodes where he’s unable to lean into the microphone and really work to squeeze out his crackly teen wheeze, his voice is actually normal and completely bearable.
Why he thinks we want to hear this artificial and insufferable version of his voice is beyond me and ruins the experience. Not to mention his questions that amount to not much more than “what?! What?!!! How is that possible??!! Just 20 years old??!!! How did you do it??!! How??? How is it??? How is it possible?!!
Life in China is almost like this podcast. I love the content so much, I love the culture and the food and I have so many fantastic experiences everyday.
Unfortunately for some of us foreigners, the experience is delivered by shady employers that don’t tell the whole truth, food poisoning and power outages.
Well these are my experiences anyway, and they’re weighing on me as contract re-negotiation season is upon me.
Do I listen to the podcast and learn to live with the interviewer? Do I adapt?
Or do I switch podcast and hope that it’s better over on Radiotopia?
It’s been rough lately because I’ve been sick. My work contract doesn’t include sick days so my days in hospital weren’t paid.
This was a hot topic during the first meeting regarding my future contract. I’m lining up options elsewhere just in case this contract renewal doesn’t pan out.
I’m curious whether anyone else drags their employer through a lengthy and demanding contract renewal process or whether it’s just me…. No it’s not just me, it’s lots of people. Luckily for these people though, many of them have way more skills than me.
I’ve learned that to survive here you have to be clear and concise about what you want, and that you always get everything that’s said to you in writing. Nothing is a fact that isn’t in writing. I learned the lesson eventually, but later than I wish I had.
Lately my employers have been giving me the business, but mistreatment isn’t enough to make me leave any job. I stayed at Disney for 4 years after all and Disney are the best employee abusers ever.
Thats because if you pay me enough I’ll take any amount of punishment.
So I say bring it on! I’m in the Chinese Wild West after all; shooting at me might be legal, but I’m gonna to take your horses and all your booty.
When they hear the figure it’s gonna take to keep me here their eyes are gonna water, but between that day and this one; I’m gonna be the best damn employee they’ve got.
Time will tell how his plan pans out.