Simone Stolzoff is a former design lead at the global innovation firm IDEO whom I had the pleasure to speak with and get to know in 2021. I’m grateful to present this guest post from him today—an Anti-Mimetic original tied to thick desires, which coincides with the launch of his debut book, The Good Enough Job.
It was Halloween in San Francisco. Little witches and lions clasped their parents’ hands on the sidewalk. I paced like a caged animal. I had two enticing job offers and couldn’t decide which to choose. A recruiter for one of the jobs was calling in two hours.
I’d waffled for weeks. I solicited the advice of everyone I loved. And my yoga teacher. And my Uber driver. I sought out a career coach. With the tacit endorsement of Michael Pollan, I even tried to see if psychedelics could help make up my mind. Zero progress.
Each time I came to a pseudo-decision, I thought of all the reasons the other job was better. Maybe I should get a job as a devil’s advocate?