And then I realized what I was reading. The book didn’t say “Refuse to Choose: You Can Still Be Successful!” It just said that you can refuse to choose. Never anywhere did the author even remotely suggest that this would lead to a fruitful career or even solvency.
I put the book down. I said: This is exactly what I must never become.
That was the best $1.99 cautionary tale of my life.
Dear 99 here is going to get one big piece of advice from me, in several steps:
- List all the skills and talents you don’t hate doing.
- All these people whose opinions you find credible, at least in aggregate? Ask them which of these things would make the most money.
- Become the very, very best in the world at that one. Give it about 80% of your time for at least the first few months.
- You can still do the other things. But you have to make them relate to the thing you do for all the money.
If you do the above steps, once you’re financially stable, have saved up an emergency fund, and your reputation greatly precedes you in the field that pays you all the money, then you can think about changing things up. But until then: Don’t fuck with the model.
When I say “the model,” let’s actually visualize it. Instead of a giant mess of random stuff, imagine spokes on a wheel. The thing that pays you the money is the hub of the wheel. Don’t necessarily choose the thing you love the most. The thing you love the most is probably something other people love also, so there are too many people wanting to do it and therefore the laws of supply and demand work against you. Pick something you don’t hate but that other people find difficult, scary, boring, etc. Get so deep into that thing that you learn to love it more.
From that thing proceed all the spokes of the other things you want to do. More exciting, more gratifying, less lucrative things, perhaps. Start with the ones you can try to sell to the same people “in the hub,” people who already know you as an expert in your main field.