This post is dedicated to all the hobby entrepreneurs and success driven people – the dream of the ultimate home office! I’ve always wanted an office or work space at home (don’t even get me started on a home library). A place to relax, work on your dreams, ponder philosophical questions or kill your hard earned brain cells with an entertaining episode of HBICtv’s “ultra rich asian girls” while nobody sees you.
his post is filled with a collection of pictures of what I consider to be a beautiful office! But first, the mandatory rant. In these times, the norm seems to have become for everybody to have a TV in the living room. And why stop there? I know people with TV’s in almost EVERY room. Even people who (at least claim to) almost never watch TV have one. Why? Do you have to own a TV? I believe it’s because most people never asked themselves what they could have there instead. “In the living room, one should have a sofa and a TV, that’s just how it is. Everybody has it, so I should probably also have it”.
Unfortunately, watching television is considered a hobby or an interest. It’s not so strange once you think about it – most channels have shows made by production companies with teams of highly educated staff who’s full time job is to make the show as watchable as possible. They do a good job in getting people hooked to shows, and this has been going on since the 70’s. The psychology of building an addictive show started with a well known kids program called The Sesame Street. If you are skeptical, I can recommend an excellent book by Malcolm Gladwell called “The Tipping Point“. One chapter of the book is about the making of the show. The producers started tweaking and testing all aspects of the show until the found a formula that more or less captured children and got them addicted. The book is also very interesting in regards to other topics. It investigates what factors it takes for an event or product to “go viral”. A good read!
So now you are probably dying to ask me; “Danny, how big is your TV?”. I’ll give you the answer: I don’t have one. Haven’t owned a TV in 8 years and I have no plans to buy one. I personally consider watching TV as an activity that steals precious time from my life without giving anything in return. I have nothing against watching a movie here and there, or following an inspiring series, but I’ll never be the kind of guy who spends his life as a rotting couch potato in lack of real hobbies or interests.
Instead of watching TV I strongly advocate pouring your energy into other things. Work on a personal project. Learn something new. Get better at something – perhaps build a better self! Read, write, produce something, get creative, have fun! Activities that enrich your life instead of numbing your brain. SELL your TV and put an home office there instead!
OK enough ranting. Here are the 26 pics. Which one is your favorite?