Sometimes you come across an analogy or a concept in a book that speaks exactly to your own experience, and you want to jump up off the couch and shout “Yes!!!”
That’s pretty much how I felt when I read about the Vampire Test in “Show your Work”.
I’m just going to quote it directly from my Roam notes on the book:
The Vampire Test. It’s a simple way to know who you should let in and out of your life. If, after hanging out with someone you feel worn out and depleted, that person is a vampire. If, after hanging out with someone you still feel full of energy, that person is not a vampire. Of course, The Vampire Test works on many things in our lives, not just people—you can apply it to jobs, hobbies, place
Now, I know you are also shouting your own “Yes!” right about now because I know you too have vampires in your life. Am I right, or am I right?
The great thing is that once the “Vampire Test” becomes part of the lexicon for you and your friends, you can easily reference it and everyone will understand the subtext immediately. As in, “Went on a date, but he definitely did not pass the Vampire Test”. or “I realised that being part of the wedding party didn’t pass the Vampire Test for me, so I backed out”.
(Well, don’t thank me, thank Austin Kleon)