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by Pete Ferguson

The Sea Squirt is the coach potato of the sea, sitting in a stream of nutrients with no activity until it literally devours its own primitive cerebral ganglia "brain."

As a "tadpole," however, the Sea Squirt's tiny brain is active as it seeks out nutrients, moving about, exploring and growing.

As the Sea Squirt develops into an adult, it attaches permanently to a rock or a boat's hull or pilings where the passing current will provide enough nutrients to survive.

Don't Be a Sea Squirt

I've had those times in life when I found a job that supplied just enough to get by. The goal was to exist, get paid, eat, sleep, wake up and exist another day. The weekend was a quick reprieve, and then back to the grindstone.

Hopefully this does not describe your current position, if it does, it is time to detach from the hull of someone else's boat and get moving!

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Author and mentor Dan Miller will never retire in the traditional sense, because there is nothing to retire from. He has found the intersection of play and work and his life's ambition is to help others do the same.

Dan lives on a 10 acre "Gentleman's Farm" in Franklin, Tennessee. He writes and career coaches out of a converted barn which has been christened "The Sanctuary."

Throughout the week, Dan will have many hours devoted to reading, writing, consulting and podcasting Continue Reading ...







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Comment by Ann Musico on September 11, 2012 at 2:13pm

That's quite a fascinating analogy and I never heard of a sea squirt!  But it's a great picture of what not to do - for sure.

Comment by Peter A Ferguson on September 11, 2012 at 4:48am

Thanks Dan, didn't mean to scare you! Waking up from "eating your brain" is a sobering prospect. Attaching to someone else's boat is also never a good idea as they get to choose where you are going to end up in the ocean - or they may choose to scrape you off at any given time. 

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Comment by Dan Miller on September 11, 2012 at 1:40am
Whoa you scared me there for a minute. I opened up your post about being so stupid you eat your brain and saw my picture. Thanks for the thought-provoking piece. And your point is well taken. Having a job that just lets us settle in to a mundane, boring position is very much in fact like eating your brain.

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