Cutting Your Teeth
In The Black Swan, Taleb tells scientists to spend less time in the lab and more time experimenting with life because that is where their next discovery will come from. I forgot who it was, but a one of the Stoics used to say that even the sleeping were doing their job. On an individual level, sleeping is as much a part of your job as answering emails or taking a meeting. Everything is work. Everything is part of developing yourself. The job – the part the pays you – is just a small percentage that.
You never know where a relationship can happen. Brian Clark commented on the 3rd post I wrote for this site because I’d linked to a CopyBlogger article. By the end of the week – almost 15 months later – he, TheExecutive and I should be wrapping up a deal where will be working together with one of the biggest young actresses on cable.
I’ve only been formally employed for two years now but I am constantly withdrawing from things I did on the internet long before a paycheck compelled me to do it. Articles I read and remember. Sites I used to have accounts on. People I’ve heard of or talked to. Something I taught myself when I was trying to figure out how to get music without paying for it.
So how can anyone expect these things to happen without actually being involved? Brian can’t leave you a comment if you don’t have one. You can’t chance across some new business opportunity if you’re not actively seeking new things in general. And you certainly can’t begin to build a name for yourself if you haven’t bothered to put it out there. You have to set yourself up for good things to happen. There is a reason why when I stop and look around I don’t find many competitors – most people don’t do anything.
I’ve said this before, I know. It doesn’t matter. Whatever it is that you want to do, you can be doing it now. You can be laying the groundwork to be better at it than anyone else. And specifically if new media is what appeals to you, that stuff is so easy it’s laughable.
Competition is scarce right now because there are few who desire the unpredictability. I’ve talked to many peers who are graduating–their lives have been wrapped up in security and so lasered into career paths by their parents, and the thought of paychecks and health insurance. It feels so alien talking to them, even though two years ago I probably would have been one of them.
People like you have to set an example for how to do it before they understand the possibilities, and this post is a good start. How many people picked up a basketball until Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson trailblazed the way?
How do you feel about posting what exactly you do for a living. I am a relatively new reader, backtracked thru most of the older postings, but haven’t seen any specifics. I know you are in PR for Rudius, but when you are working on your own such as with TheExecutive, Brian Clark, and this actress and signed a deal. Did the actress approach you to promote a book / website / general info that she has or did you approach her?
This post was pretty cocky. Maybe you were going for that angle.