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“The bullshit-jobs thesis is largely bullshit,” reports The Economist in an article about a newly published empirical critique of late David Graeber’s book, which claims that more than half of societal work is pointless. Although Graeber’s thesis has been cited more than 800 times by academics, not to mention media, the data often show the exact opposite of what he claimed:
“In contrast to the high share of bullshit jobs reported by Mr. Graeber, in 2015 only 4.8% of respondents in the EU felt their work was useless. And this proportion had fallen, not risen, in recent years, from 5.5% in 2010 and 7.8% in 2005.”
If you have ever browsed our long list of European freelance platforms, you are surely aware of how hard it is to choose the right community among so many (314 to this day). Elina Jutelyte shares 10 points to consider before joining one in a helpful article entitled How to choose your freelance community?
Do you fight your perfectionism every time you have to ship your finished work? Josh Spector offers these 5 ways to overcome your perfectionism:
Don’t have time to be a full-time freelance pro? Well, then don’t blame yourself and be one for at least one hour a day, argues Steven Pressfield: “Guess what? I am writing full-time and it’s true … I can still only squeeze in an hour here and an hour there.”
Re-open EU is a very useful guide for traveling between European countries. Just select the country of departure and your destination to see any remaining restrictions to follow.
If you are a freelance writer, copywriter, journalist or translator, the online conference Freelance Business for Writers organized by Elina Jutelyte and her Belgian Freelance Business Community on June 3-4 is a must. As always, its program is packed with experienced independent professionals, their talks and workshops, while the first 500 tickets are free and up for grabs!
To futureproof our jobs against robots and AIs, we should focus on what makes us uniquely human rather than compete with the machines, argues tech journalist Kevin Roose in his uplifting TED video.
“Thank you for your invitation to host a fundraising dinner in the private room of a top London restaurant. I would rather die.” — and other collected pearls of wisdom how to decline an undesired invitation, by Richard Feynman, Ursula Le Guin and Kurt Vonnegut, among others.
Bob Dylan, arguably the most admired musician of the 20th century, turned 80 🎉 Dylan, who sold rights to all his songs last year, is still active as ever. To get a glimpse of the man himself, read Dylan’s acclaimed autobiography Chronicles, or watch Martin Scorsese’s documentary Rolling Thunder Revue. You can also learn from Dylan as a freelancer to prevent The #1 Amateur Mistake.
A woman relocated her office to her car during lockdown, and she plans to continue working there, BBC reports. Donna Powell, a support worker from Nottingham, explains her innovation this way: “We see lots of people that do mobile working, they work on trains, they work in cafes, they work in restaurants, so why not in the car?”