On whoring yourself out
Handy made a brilliant observation in his memoir on arranging the portfolio of the entrepreneur’s work life. He said, small bits of prostitution may be necessary.
Which sounds provocative and uncomfortable to some. But don’t be so suburban.
Prostitution, after all, is the world’s oldest profession. Have some respect. In fact, the leading etymology dictionary states that the notion of sex for hire is not actually inherent in the etymology of the word.
To prostitute literally means to expose publicly. To put up front for sale.
And so, doing so from time to time doesn’t make you a whore or a betrayer or a hypocrite with zero integrity who compromises their core values.
Look, we’re all complicit. Nobody’s perfect whole all the time. Everybody has their price. Everybody can be bought. And there’s no shame in succumbing to the increasing commercial takeover of daily life.
People do what they have to do to make their dreams real. They jump on opportunities as they’re presented to them, good, bad or indifferent. Because that’s what it takes underwrite their more virtuous and artistic endeavors.
That’s what a person who wants something does.
It’s not selling out, it’s outgrowing their origins and changing direction proudly. It’s remaking themselves as they grow and as the world changes. It’s shifting their path to get somewhere based on what you’ve learned along the way.
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