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Posts Tagged ‘passion project’

Never. Stop. Shining.

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

trepbookcoversI’ve had an awesome week.

But, I’ve also had a butt-kicking week.

One of the questions I kept getting asked at SXSW was – “How do I stop getting people to see me in only one way, as a _____?”

(The blank = typically what your first profession was, or your first major in college.)

First off, this is kind of the generalist vs. the specialist argument that I’ve often described here before. Second, people love to put other people in nice compartments – that’s probably why the Container Store is so wildly popular. We like to make things simple and neat.

Sorry, but life is not simple and neat. And the most interesting people often aren’t simple.

Third, many with the indoctrination of ONE JOB FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE (the very old concept of the industrial revolution) may not ever understand that people have to have MULTIPLE careers ongoing now – not just one. ONE JOB IS DANGEROUS, because what if that ONE JOB goes away overnight?

The other challenge the SXers often asked about was “How can I do multiple things in my career?”

That’s actually easier. You simply make time for the things you care about.

Yes, you have to get a day job to feed your bank account and bills. Sometimes, you get lucky and you can also feed your soul at your day job. But, if you can’t, you still have 8 hours every day to do something that feeds the latter. Maybe you won’t get paid in $. But, your spiritual capital will benefit. Or, better yet, you can learn key skills while doing passion projects that can lead you into being paid for them in a gig later on.

The bottom line with both of these questions: never stop being you. Shine on. If the rest of the world tries to put you in one nice little box because they comprehend that you can only do ONE thing, that’s their problem, not yours. Second, know that you’re not alone, if you’re out there reinventing yourself, or your career, or juggling a lot of different things. It’s OKAY to want to do more and grow in your life…to try new things. In fact, you’re now in the majority. And those box putters with ONE job are going to have a very, VERY rude awakening soon…