It's Friday afternoon. I am happy. I am happy because I just received the final copies of an RFP resoponse I have spent the last eight days helping a client generate.
I have three small daughters. One of the things I talk to them about constantly is the special feeling of a job well done. I don't really care what kind of grades they get, or what anyone else thinks. I want them to focus on the feeling you have when you've done something really well. It's sometimes hard to describe, but it's very recognizable, and I think it's essential for kids -- or me -- to be able to spot that feeling, and to cherish it when they experience it.
This RFP is 20 pages long -- single-spaced, beautifully written, and in parts, really technical. This wasn't easy writing. Working with the client, and a designer, we got it done in an incredible eight days. If this had been done by an agency, it would have taken three times as long, and cost at least three times as much.
This thing is beautifully designed and illustrated. It's gorgeous, really. It's center-stapled, with a really nice cover illustration. Think of a really good annual report -- that's what this is. And we did it in just over a week. I wrote most of it sitting in a shelter at Huddart County Park, in Woodside.
And it's a tremendous piece of work, period. I am really proud of it. That glow -- the feeling of really having done a great piece of work -- is my greatest reward in this work. I am tired, and kind of wrung out, but working closely with a client I respect and partner with, and a designer who's a real pro, we cranked out a first-class piece of work fast.