Mission Statement. No, I’m not kidding.

Mission Statement. No, I’m not kidding.

So I picked up Booklife by Jeff VanderMeer at WFC. I have two full shelves of Stuff That Must Be Read, but my friend Adam convinced me that it needed to come first. I read it. A lot of it is information that will be useful in the future, but a couple of things were Immediately Applicable. One of them is the Mission Statement.

I’ve always thought of Mission Statements as a strange corporate by-product of the ’90s, and not to be taken seriously. I’ve seen mission statements that didn’t at all match the way companies actually behaved, and I’ve seen some very New-Agey feel-good personal mission statements that were very hard to not laugh aloud at. So writing one for myself was, to say the least, a [redacted*] stretch.

But something about the way Jeff put it made it make sense. It seems to be a basic guiding principle, and I can get behind that. So I wrote one.

Adam and I have talked a bit about Accountability (a subject he will be expanding on shortly, so go add his blog to your RSS feed.) It’s the beginning of a new year, and in the spirit of Accountability I thought I’d post it here.

Mission Statement
Christie Yant
December 2009

  • To become a respected and well-regarded member of the SFF community through my service, my blog, and my art.
  • To use what good-will I may receive to increase others’ happiness and satisfaction, and benefit the community and other writers.

So, there is it. It’s kind of embarrassing, hanging that out there, like I’m taking myself too seriously. I don’t like the ego reflected in the first part. Be that as it may, it could be worse, and it is a set of principles I hope will guide my decisions and commitments for the coming year.

* Sigh. I really need to clean up my language. Working on it.

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