February 2010

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In this video, I talk about how I got on the path to doing what I love for a living, and how I sustained my motivation when I was still on that path but hadn’t quite made it there yet.

It’s easy to get excited about a new journey in the beginning, but it can often be hard to sustain that energy to create real success.

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More people are waking up to the reality that they don’t follow the typical work template: college > corporate job: ladder climbing > retirement.

But waking up to the possibility isn’t enough, and unfortunately, a lot of people fail at making it happen. They know what they don’t want — a 9 to 5 soul-sucking job — but they don’t know how to escape. Some people come up with a plan, a business idea and attempt to follow an obscure path.

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A long, long time ago, there were no such things as schools or credentials. Your reputation in the community was your certification. Your diploma came from the school of real-world, hands-on practice.

Institutionalized training and schooling has changed that. You can now get a degree or certification in just about anything. And there are certain professions where this is a necessity (doctor, dentist, therapist, etc).

But this isn’t the only way you can build authority. Where there is a traditional, obvious path, there is always a less obvious, hidden path.

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Is it possible to have two loves, both equally cherished, without jealousy?

In our society, this is illegal. You can only have one (legal) love. But what about other pursuits, like our work? I think being professionally polygamous is often equally frowned upon. We’re supposed to have one specialty. One niche. And perhaps a micro-niche on top of that.

I think this type of narrowly defined niching leads to serious imbalance because in reality, all things are interconnected.

I’ve decided to be polygamous in my career, having commitments to multiple loves.

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