Life is a journey, but I’m impatient so I spend all lots of time reading career blogs trying to figure out what I should be doing next. Recently, I read that INTJs aren’t motivated by compensation which is why freelancing isn’t ideal. I gravitated to consulting because structure is boring to me, and clients in need of startup marketing always seem to find me. But in between clients it feels weird to spend any time thinking of how can I make money over actually helping as many companies grow.
Career advice starts by telling you to find the intersection between what you’re good at, what you like doing, and what people are willing to pay for. So I end up stuck wondering if I should hop on the learn to code train because I can’t seem to check off all three. The problem with this perspective is also that it’s all about the individual, especially talented ones and I already know I’m more of an agent type of person.
Then I look over at jobs, to see which companies actually need me and where can I make the most impact. There’s a huge demand for startup marketers, and even more applicants. Interviews aren’t my forte, and the process ends up being more about the resume and how many connections you have to the hiring manager.
I’m sure I’ll always spend time over-analyzing the meaning of life and my purpose, but I want to make sure that I keep moving forward. I want to spend the next 5 years working towards some crazy awesome idea and feel like I’ve achieved something great instead of being stuck in the same cycle. I’m starting to think the only way to do is this is by thinking like an entrepreneur.
Instead of obsessing over monetizing your skills, you uncover how to add value:
- What’s a problem that many people have?
- What’s the solution?
- How can I help those people solve their problem?
Once you have a solution, it becomes all about distribution. Which I love.
This how both mypodnotes.com and whistlenow.co were born. I’ll leave the details for another post, but I’m pretty excited to start working on these and learn from some new mistakes.
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Don’t spend time with people who don’t believe in you, instead look for positive feedback and support.
The best way to expand your boundaries is by consciously stepping outside of your comfort zone. When working out, you can only build muscle if you force yourself to keep going past the pain. However, personal trainers often provide you with the proper motivation needed to reach your fitness goals. Similarly, seeking out mentors and guidance will increase the likelihood of achieving success.
Regardless of company size, it is crucial to remember that you exist to serve your customers.
In startups, team members might think it is understood that customers should be treated with respect; unfortunately, this is not always common sense. Those who are not directly involved in sales & marketing might be careless when responding to customer emails. These individuals excuse their behavior by stating that customer support is not their specialty. However, friendly and polite communication should be explicitly required across the board, especially in small startup teams where the roles might be fluid.
I came across XYDO while researching startups, betas, and innovative new apps for a side project. My first response was to bookmark the site, because I already knew I would frequent XYDO.
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I just read an absolutely brilliant, and ridiculously long, essay by Paul Graham. I decided to edit the essay, however, the full version, titled How to Make Wealth, is available online.
Startups date back to 1960’s, and they often involve a challenging technology. Instead of working at a corporation at an average pace for several years, you can choose to startup your own company by compressing your effort and concentrating on one difficult aspect. Startups are the best way to get rich.
When working for an established firm you are limited by your job title, and are constantly interrupted by your supervisors and co-workers. The company determines your worth, and you usually do not get paid according to the profit you generate. On the other hand, startups have less red tape, and therefore productivity is increased dramatically. In addition, startups consist of smaller teams and clearly defined individual contributions, resulting in an accurate allocation of profit. While startups reward hard working individuals with greater wealth within a shorter time span, the effort involved is very taxing.
There are many ways to get rich, but getting paid through wealth creation is the most simple and valid method. The key is creating value. Continue reading