I’ve been reading “Oversubscribed” by Daniel Priestley. You should read it too. It’s full of insights that will make you consider your goals and how you approach your work.
I will write more about it when I finish it, but here’s one question that was asked at the beginning of the book:
What are your strongly held beliefs about what you do?
I have some strongly held beliefs but I want to do more research before I write about some of them. One of my beliefs, though, that I often write and talk about, is that you need to be good at a few different things so that you can earn money in various ways.
You should never be dependent on just a single income source. It’s particularly important for those who have regular jobs. So many people consider being employed a sign of stability — it’s anything but that. People who are employed are most vulnerable to factors that they can’t influence at all. Nearly all my friends that had jobs were at one time or another fired or disappointed with money or their bosses or other demands of their contracts. And yet, they could do nothing.
With the pandemic, it’s even more visible. I read an article today about airports firing hundreds of employees. And what will most of those people do? They will look for another job where they will be as vulnerable as they were now. It’s not even their fault. We were all conditioned at school to want to be employed.
The only option is to break the pattern. Don’t get comfortable. Have side business. Find ways to monetize your hobby. Look for opportunities.