Jason Kottke
Founder, Kottke.org; Fmr. Web Designer
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What should we be asking ourselves?

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"Are you happy?" is a good place to start, reflects Jason Kottke.

Jason Kottke

Jason Kottke is a blogger and former web designer. Educated at Coe College, Kottke began his career as a web designer in 1986. He worked on design projects for companies as diverse as Charles Schwab, Target, and the University of Minnesota. He designed the now-ubiquitous typeface Silkscreen in 1999, which has since been adopted by Adobe, MTV and Volvo. He has served on the Advisory Board for SXSW Interactive since 2000. In 2005, he announced he had left his web design job to work on his blog full-time. The site is now supported by paid advertisements. Kottke lives in New York City.

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Question: What should we be asking ourselves?

 

Jason Kottke:  I mean I think, “Are you happy?” is a good answer . . . you know is a good question to ask.  I think it’s a hard question for people to answer truthfully because I think . . .  I don’t wanna say people are fooling themselves into thinking they’re happy, but I don’t know.  And you know I can’t take credit for, you know, being such an introspective person about my life that I’ve, you know . . . that I’m not fooling myself that I’m happy.  I don’t know.  I just get the feeling that there are a lot of people, especially in the United States, that aren’t that happy with what they’re doing.  And I don’t know.  I think taking a good . . . maybe taking a good look at yourself and really kind of digging down.  And it’s like, “Is this really what I wanna be doing with my life?  Would I be happier doing something else?  Would I be happier with someone else?  Would I be happier with a family?  Would I be happier without a family?  Would I be happier if I took a lower paying job?  You know that means I don’t have a fancy car and I don’t get to go out to nice restaurants; but if I took a lower paying job, you know, doing something I really love, would that make me happier?”  And you know it might.

 

Recorded on: 10/9/07

 

 

 


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